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The Alienated Academy: Culture and Politics in Republican China, 1919-1937

The Alienated Academy: Culture and Politics in Republican China, 1919-1937

by Wen-Hsin Yeh
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ISBN-13: 9780674002845
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 11/28/2000
Series: Harvard East Asian Monographs Series , #148
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 472
Product dimensions: 5.76(w) x 9.08(h) x 1.11(d)

About the Author

Wen-hsin Yeh is Assistant Professor of History, University of California, Berkeley.

Table of Contents

  • Preface and Acknowledgements

  • Introduction

  1. Language and Learning

    • The Use of English in Chinese Colleges

    • Translation versus Composition: a Question of Cultural Priority Teaching English in the Hinterland

    • Qassical Learning in Beijing: 1920s

    • Chinese Learning in Republican Academia outside Beijing

    • High Culture and Philological Rigor
    • Decoding the Classicists: Culture, Nation, and Philology

    • Qinghua’s Chinese Examination Controversy of 1933

  2. St.John’s University and the Culture of the Shanghai Bourgeoisie

    • Shanghai: The Social Landscape

    • Shanghai: The Cultural Setting

    • The Founding of St. John’s: Sacred or Secular?

    • English Over Chinese: “A Christian Civilization of Commerce sod Science”

    • The Social Composition of St. John’s

    • “Espirit de Corps”: The Cultural Style of the Shanghai Bourgeoisie

    • The Challenge of Nationalism

  3. From Gentry Academies to Middle-Class Colleges

    • Communications University and the Rise of a Technocratic Elite

    • The Place of National Learning in an Engineering Program

    • The Genesis of Private Chinese Colleges in Shanghai

    • China College and the Commercialization of Private institutions

    • The Case of Fudan

    • Nanjing and the Political Climate of Higher Education

    • The Politics of Intellectual Networks

    • Confrontation with Nanjing: Middle Class Colleges and Liberal Politics

    • The Dilemma of Middle-Class Colleges

  4. Shanghai University and the Ideal of Revolution

    • Shanghai University as Myth and Reality

    • The Genesis of a Radical Institution

    • The Funding of a Revolutionary Experiment in a Pre-Revolution Society

    • To Link Classrooms to the Streets

    • A Radical Critique of Learning

    • The Intellectual Agenda of the Revolution

    • Popular Socialism and Its Radical Following

    • The Juxtaposition of Memory and Process

    • A Violent End

  5. Danghua: Under the Guidance of the Party

    • Laissez-Faire and Efflorescence: Shanghai before the Coming the Nationalists

    • Regulation and Allocation: The Role of the Nationalists in if Education

    • Danghua and the Model of Zhongshan University

    • Partification and State Penetration of the Colleges

    • Nanjing and the Provincial Outlook

  6. College Life and the Costs of Style

    • Unemployment and Unemployability in the Wake of the Great Depression

    • Tuition and Fees

    • Payment and Collection

    • Diploma Mills

    • Style as a Cultural and Political Question

    • The Structured Life on an Enclosed Campus: Yenching and Qinghua

    • In Loco Parentis: Student Life in Private Shanghai Colleges

    • Sports

    • Beijing University and the Poor Scholar in Chinese Gown

    • The Gown, the Suit, and the Uniform

    • The Juxtaposition of Images

  7. “This Alien Place”: Student Culture Beyond the May Fourth Movement

    • To the Depth of Despondency: A Literary Perspective

    • The Class Nature of Disillusionment and Loneliness: a Debate

    • The Hope in Love: Ba Jin’s Extinction

    • The Shape of Their Dismay: Two Views

    • The Absence of a Moral Community

    • In the Midst of a Cheerless Universe: College Students’ Views of Life

    • The Resurgence of an Aestheticism of Melancholy

    • A Different Kind of Iconoclasm

    • Unhappy Families

    • The Escape to Love and Science

    • The Polarization of Self and Society

    • Self, Society, Technology, and Modernization: The Nationalist Solution

    • The Fusion of the Public and the Private: The Revolutionists’ View

    • An Ethic of Aestheticism

    • The Ultimate Tragedy

  • Notes

  • Bibliography

  • Glossary

  • Index

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