Beyond the May Fourth Paradigm

Beyond the May Fourth Paradigm : In Search of Chinese Modernity

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Beyond the May Fourth Paradigm explores various dimensions of modern Chinese culture, ranging from literature, thought, and music to scientific research, business, and everyday life. By heeding how the May Fourth and non-May Fourth groups depended on each other and joined forces in creating Chinese modernity, this anthology points to the significant directions that Chinese historical actors chose as they competed but also collaborated in modernizing themselves, their culture, and the nation.show more

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  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 33.02mm | 703.06g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739111221
  • 9780739111222
  • 1,323,364

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The contents of this volume go beyond the usual range of scholarly assessments and reassessments of May Fourth culture and literature. In widening the horizons of the May Fourth movement and its implications to include such diverse topics as language andprinting, gender and family, as well as the larger issues of science, religion, nation, and modernity, this book has made a seminal contribution to scholarship in modern Chinese intellectual and cultural history. Highly recommended for both specialists in the field and interested lay readers... -- Leo Ou-fan Lee, The Chinese University of Hong Kong This volume significantly contributes to the decentering of the May Fourth movement as the defining moment in modern Chinese history. Focusing on the complex interplay between that movement and a rich array of often little-explored trends such as science and Buddhism, it deftly sketches the contours of a historically embedded and culturally layered Chinese modernity. -- Joan Judge, York University The contents of this volume go beyond the usual range of scholarly assessments and reassessments of May Fourth culture and literature. In widening the horizons of the May Fourth movement and its implications to include such diverse topics as language and printing, gender and family, as well as the larger issues of science, religion, nation, and modernity, this book has made a seminal contribution to scholarship in modern Chinese intellectual and cultural history. Highly recommended for both specialists in the field and interested lay readers. -- Leo Ou-fan Lee, The Chinese University of Hong Kong A collection of well-researched, well-written, and insightful essays... Beyond the May Fourth Paradigm is an excellent collection of essays that offers many insights and stimuli on how to rethink the complex and contradictory nature of China's modern intellectual and cultural scene. China Review Internationalshow more

About Kai-Wing Chow

Kai-wing Chow is professor of history and East Asian languages and cultures at the University of Illinois. Tze-ki Hon is visiting research fellow at the Modern East Asia Research Centre at Leiden University. Hung-yok Ip is associate professor in the history department at Oregon State University. Don C. Price is professor in the history department at the University of California.show more

Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction Part 2 Part One: Commercial Printing and Language Reform Chapter 3 1. Culture, Capital and the Temptations of the Imagined Market: The Case of the Commercial Press Chapter 4 2. Canon Formation and Linguistic Turn: Literary Debates in Republican China, 1919-1949 Part 5 Part Two: Gender and Family Chapter 6 3. The Theory and Practice of Women's Rights in Late Qing Shanghai, 1843-1911 Chapter 7 4. Freeing the Mind through the Body: Women's Thoughts on Physical Education in Late Qing and Early Republican China Chapter 8 5. Generational and Cultural Fissures in the May Fourth Movement: Wu Yu (1872-1949) and the Politics of Family Reform Part 9 Part Three: Nation, Science, and Culture Chapter 10 6. The Politics of Fengjian in Late Qing and Republican China Chapter 11 7. How Did the Chinese Become Native?: Science and the Search for National Origins in the May Fourth Era Chapter 12 8. Nationalizing Sound on the Verge of Chinese Modernity Part 13 Part Four: Modernity and Its Chinese Critics Chapter 14 9. Buddhism, Literature, and Chinese Modernity: Su Manshu's Imaginings of Love (1911-1916) Chapter 15 10. From Babbitt to "Bai Bide": Interpretations of New Humanism in Xueheng Part 16 Epilogue Chapter 17 11. The Other May Fourth: Twilight of the Old Ordershow more

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