The reception of China in the West is very often dominated by Chinese scholars like Lin Yutang who defined the Chinese people as joyful beings and Chinese civilization as a civilization of joy. Nonetheless, in the history of Chinese thought since ancient times t only the expression of sadness itself but also guidelines to its expression can be found. How are we to understand this? These papers from the Bonn conference Melancholy and Society in China explore various aspects of this issue.
The Editor: Wolfgang Kubin, born 1945 in Celle, is professor of Sinology at the University of Bonn, Germany. He has published widely on modern and classical Chinese literature and thought. He is translator and writer as well as the editor of the journals minima sinica. Zeitschrift zum chinesischen Geist and Orientierungen. Zeitschrift zur Kultur Asiens.
Verlag Peter Lang
Date of Publication
Schweizer Asiatische Studien/Etudes Asiatique Suisse Monographien/Monographes