When True Love Came to China

When True Love Came to China Most people suppose that the whole world knows what it is to love that romantic love is universal quintessentially human Such a supposition has to be able to meet three challenges It has to justify i

  • Title: When True Love Came to China
  • Author: Lynn Pan
  • ISBN: 9789888208807
  • Page: 322
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Most people suppose that the whole world knows what it is to love that romantic love is universal, quintessentially human Such a supposition has to be able to meet three challenges It has to justify its underlying assumption that all cultures mean the same thing by the word love regardless of language It has to engage with the scholarly debate on whether or not romanMost people suppose that the whole world knows what it is to love that romantic love is universal, quintessentially human Such a supposition has to be able to meet three challenges It has to justify its underlying assumption that all cultures mean the same thing by the word love regardless of language It has to engage with the scholarly debate on whether or not romantic love was invented in Europe and is uniquely Western And it must be able to explain why early twentieth century Chinese writers claimed that they had never known true love, or love by modern Western standards By addressing these three challenges through a literary, historical, philosophical, biographical, and above all comparative approach, this highly original work shows how love s profile in China shifted with the rejection of arranged marriages and concubinage in favor of free individual choice, monogamy and a Western model of romantic love.

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    1. p. 45 Anthony Giddens, 'romantic love complex'. emergent ties of freedom and self-realisation p. 46 love breaks with sexuality while embracing itp. 114 just as neologisms were required for concepts like democracy, personality, and liberty, so they were needed to speak the language of modern love. Translating Tugneve's novels, Futabatei Shimei, had trouble rendering the 'i love you' uttered by a woman in the story, until he finally opted for 'i could die for you.'p. 254 finally, love had to conte [...]

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