China and the West at the Crossroads: Essays on Comparative by Daiyun Yue

By Daiyun Yue

Beginning with a retrospective of the earlier century, this booklet deals a wide ranging photograph of chinese language comparative literature, from its nascence within the early Nineteen Twenties, via its evolution within the Nineteen Eighties, to the hot improvement on the flip of the century, finishing with a potential examine the way forward for comparative literature within the twenty first century. The articles awarded right here exhibit the author’s deep understandings of the literature and tradition of her personal nation and people of different international locations. A wealthy array of case stories and in-depth theorizing make it a very fascinating and enlightening read.

Prof. Daiyun Yue is a in demand professor at Peking collage and a number one determine in chinese language comparative literature. She has served as Head of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Cultural reviews, PKU (1984—1998) and the 3rd president of the chinese language Comparative Literature organization (1989—2014). additional, she is the founding father of discussion Transculturel, a much-acclaimed magazine of comparative literature.

Prof. Yue methods extraordinary literature as a bridge to hyperlink humans of other cultural traditions: “The the reason is, interdisciplinary literary learn among alien cultures is feasible is simply because conversation among alien cultures, in addition to alternate and figuring out, is extra quite simply discovered via literature.” Herein lies the worth of comparative literature.

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All that my forebears had failed to experience are jostling magnificently before me. I am the fortunate beneficiary of the sage wisdom that others have so painstakingly promoted but that only after thousands of years of searching has now begun to be discovered. ” However, there were two glaring 26 1 The Origins and Precursors to Chinese Comparative Literature … differences between the Critical Review School’s attitude to the assimilation and ingestion of Western learning and other contemporaries who advocated Westernization: First, they especially stressed that Western theories must be systematically and comprehensively researched and then cautiously adopted.

5 The Critical Review Group’s … 29 renewal. ”77 This requires new contributions to replace outdated artifacts which should be discarded and this process relied on the coexistence of the new and the old for a relatively long period of time in order to offer comparison, experimentation and selection. Abruptly announcing a ban on a certain type of culture would inevitably cause what Mei Guangdi described as “the replacement of one tyranny with another,” and would not necessarily achieve the aim of establishing a new culture.

However, there were two glaring 26 1 The Origins and Precursors to Chinese Comparative Literature … differences between the Critical Review School’s attitude to the assimilation and ingestion of Western learning and other contemporaries who advocated Westernization: First, they especially stressed that Western theories must be systematically and comprehensively researched and then cautiously adopted. The majority of the followers of the Critical Review believed that if Western learning was to be introduced then its foundations and evolution must be clearly understood.

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