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When true love came to China

Author: Lynn Pan
Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland : Project Muse, Hong Kong [China] : Hong Kong University Press, 2016. [2015]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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 romantic love was invented in Europe and is  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lynn Pan
ISBN: 9789888313426 9888313428 9789888208807 9888208802
OCLC Number: 1055405910
Description: 1 online resource (1 PDF (324 pages)) : illustrations
Contents: 1. Love's entree --
2. Confucius and Freud --
3. Love in the western world --
4. Keywords --
5. Two great works on love --
6. The Camellia lady --
7. Joan Haste and romantic fiction --
8. The clump --
9. Two ways of escape --
10. Faust, Werther, Salome --
11. Ellen Key --
12. One and only --
13. Looking for love : Yu Dafu --
14. Exalting love : Xu Zhimo --
15. Love betrayed : Eileen Chang --
16. Love's decline and fall --
17. Afterthoughts.
Responsibility: Lynn Pan.

Abstract:

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 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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