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Chinese Sympathies examines how Europeans—German-speaking writers and thinkers in particular—identified with Chinese intellectual and literary traditions following the circulation of Marco Polo's Travels. This sense of affinity expanded and deepened, Daniel Leonhard Purdy shows, as generations of Jesuit missionaries, baroque encyclopedists, Enlightenment moralists, and translators established intellectual regimes that framed China as being fundamentally similar to Europe.

Analyzing key German literary texts—theological treatises, imperial histories, tragic dramas, moral philosophies, literary translations, and poetic cycles—Chinese Sympathies traces the paths from baroque-era missionary reports that accommodated Christianity with Confucianism to Goethe's concept of world literature, bridged by Enlightenment debates over cosmopolitanism and sympathy, culminating in a secular principle that allowed readers to identify meaningful similarities across culturally diverse literatures based on shared human experiences.

Thanks to generous funding from Penn State University, the ebook editions of this book are available as Open Access volumes from Cornell Open (cornellopen.org) and other repositories.

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  1. Seriespage
  2. p. ii
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Epigraph
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction
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  1. 1. Marco Polo’s Fabulous Imperial Connections
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  1. 2. Jesuit Channels between Europe and Asia
  2. pp. 74-113
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  1. 3. A Genealogy of Cosmopolitan Reading
  2. pp. 114-154
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  1. 4. News of the Ming Dynasty’s Collapse
  2. pp. 155-176
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  1. 5. Vondel’s Tragic Chinese Emperor
  2. pp. 177-195
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  1. 6. Wieland’s Secret History of Cosmopolitanism
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  1. 7. Adam Smith and the Chinese Earthquake
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  1. 8. Goethe Reads the Jesuits
  2. pp. 243-268
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  1. 9. Chinese-German Pairings
  2. pp. 269-295
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  1. 10. World Literature and Goethe’s Chinese Poetry
  2. pp. 296-354
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501759758
Related ISBN(s)
9781501759734, 9781501759741, 9781501759765
MARC Record
OCLC
1232013571
Pages
420
Launched on MUSE
2021-11-03
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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