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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 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 favour of free individual choice, monogamy and a Western model of romantic love.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. 1. Love’s Entrée
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 2. Confucius and Freud
  2. pp. 13-24
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  1. 3. Love in the Western World
  2. pp. 25-48
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  1. 4. Keywords
  2. pp. 49-72
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  1. 5. Two Great Works on Love
  2. pp. 73-86
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  1. 6. The Camellia Lady
  2. pp. 87-96
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  1. 7. Joan Haste and Romantic Fiction
  2. pp. 97-106
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  1. 8. The Clump
  2. pp. 107-118
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  1. 9. Two Ways of Escape
  2. pp. 119-136
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  1. 10. Faust, Werther, Salome
  2. pp. 137-152
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  1. 11. Ellen Key
  2. pp. 153-168
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  1. 12. One and Only
  2. pp. 169-188
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  1. 13. Looking for Love: Yu Dafu
  2. pp. 189-206
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  1. 14. Exalting Love: Xu Zhimo
  2. pp. 207-228
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  1. 15. Love Betrayed: Eileen Chang
  2. pp. 229-252
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  1. 16. Love’s Decline and Fall
  2. pp. 253-276
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  1. 17. Afterthoughts
  2. pp. 277-284
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 285-308
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  1. References
  2. pp. 309-317
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789888313426
Related ISBN
9789888208807
MARC Record
OCLC
940922159
Pages
336
Launched on MUSE
2016-03-03
Language
English
Open Access
No
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