Wang Kuo-Wei: An Intellectual Biography

Wang Kuo-Wei: An Intellectual Biography

by Joey Bonner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674945948

ISBN-13: 9780674945944

Pub. Date: 04/28/1986

Publisher: Harvard

In this first full-fledged intellectual biography of the brilliant and multifaceted Chinese scholar Wang Kuo-wei (1877-1927), Joey Bonner throws important newlight on the range and course of ideasin early twentieth-century China. Coincidentally, she illuminates the nature ofWang's intimate, thirty-year personaland professional association with thewell-known Chinese

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In this first full-fledged intellectual biography of the brilliant and multifaceted Chinese scholar Wang Kuo-wei (1877-1927), Joey Bonner throws important newlight on the range and course of ideasin early twentieth-century China. Coincidentally, she illuminates the nature ofWang's intimate, thirty-year personaland professional association with thewell-known Chinese scholar Lo Chen-yü(1866-1940) and provides a most comprehensive and compelling account of her biographee's posthumouslycontroversial career in the years following the 1911 Revolution.

Pursuing her subject across thewhole spectrum of his many scholarlyinterests, Bonner critically examinesWang's essays on German philosophy andphilosophical aesthetics; his poetry, literary criticism, and aesthetic theory; andhis works on ancient Chinese history,particularly of the Shang dynasty. Insightfully relating his strenuous intellectual search in the fields of philosophy,literature, and history to his very personal quest for truth, beauty, and virtue,Bonner shows in this finely crafted bookhow Wang's unhappiness in later life aswell as his suicide can be understood onlywithin the context of his humanistic concerns in general and his extreme commitment in the postimperial period to theConfucian ethicoreligious tradition inparticular. Without compromising theclearheaded critical detachment thatcharacterizes her analysis of the intricacies of his thought, Bonner has produceda portrait of Wang Kuo-wei suffused withwarmth and sympathetic respect.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674945944
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
04/28/1986
Series:
Harvard East Asian Series, #101
Pages:
314
Product dimensions:
6.56(w) x 9.54(h) x 1.25(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments

1. Prologue: The 1890s Generation

2. The Early Years

3. Wang as Educational Critic

4. Declaration of Principles

5. The Critical Philosophy

6. The Philosophy of Metaphysical Pessimism

7. Analysis of Dream of the Red Chamber

8. Disillusionment with Philosophy

9. The Aesthetic Education of Man

10. Wang's Lyrics, Lyric Criticism, and Mature Aesthetic Theory

11. Critique of Yuan Drama

12. Conservative Commitments

13. Archaeological Enthusiasms

14. Wang as Shang Genealogist

15. The Later Years

16. Epilogue: Across the Barriers of Culture and Time

Abbreviations

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Glossary

Index

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