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Key Concepts in Chinese Thought and Culture

Modern Notions of Civilization and Culture in China

Authors: Fang, Weigui

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  • Explores the fundamental Chinese ideas of ‘Civilization’ and ‘culture’,and their influence on Chinese society
  • Analyses the traditional connotations of those two concepts and their renewed interpretation by contemporary scholarship
  • Offers a unique analysis of the conceptual evolutions brought about by the change of values in 21st century China
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This Key Concepts pivot examines the fundamental Chinese ideas of ‘Civilization’ and ‘culture’, considering their extensive influence both over Chinese society and East Asian societies. The pivot analyses the traditional connotations of those two concepts and their evolution in the Sino-Western exchanges as well as their renewed interpretation and application by contemporary Chinese scholars. It analyses how the years 1840-1900 which mark a period of major transition in China challenged these concepts, and highlights how the pursuit of innovation and international perspective gave birth to new values ​​and paradigm shifts, and culminated in the May Fourth New Culture Movement. Considering the underlying humanistic ideas in the key concepts of traditional Chinese civilisation and culture, this pivot contributes to this series of Chinese Key Concept by offering a unique analysis of the conceptual evolutions brought about by the change of values in 21st century China.

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Weigui Fang is Distinguished Professor at the School of Chinese Language and Literature, Beijing Normal University, China. He is Changjiang Scholar and Director of the Center for Literature and the History of Ideas at BNU. His research is focused on Comparative Literature, modern Chinese culture and literature, History of Concepts, Sociology of Literature, and international sinology. He has authored 10 books and published more than 100 scholarly papers.

Weidong Wang is Associate Professor of Translation Studies, Renmin University of China, a supervisor for masters in translation, and a senior member of the Translators Association of China (TAC). He used to be a main contributor to the prestigious "Translation" column of Ying Yu Xue Xi, a renowned English language-learning magazine widely read across mainland China.

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“Professor Weigui Fang became one of the first scholars in China to focus on the history of concepts when his research essay on changing notions of civilization and culture in modern China was published in 1999. During the entire process of modernization that set in after the mid-19th century, in the wake of the Opium War, the demand for reform and change was the consensus of almost all intellectually awake Chinese. At the time, it was mainly due to externally enforced contact between China and the Western world that an unprecedented change occurred that effected a profound shift in cultural values, especially concerning the idea of wenming. This ancient Chinese concept thus acquired a new trope and perspective. Modern Notions of Civilization and Culture in China discusses in simple terms the paradigm shift and conceptual changes surrounding the wenming concept in the intellectual history of modern China.” (Fansen Wang, Professor and Vice President, Academia Sinica, Taipei, China)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Modern Notions of Civilization and Culture in China
Authors
Translated by
Wang, W.
Series Title
Key Concepts in Chinese Thought and Culture
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
Foreign Language Teaching and Research Publishing Co., Ltd. This international edition is exclusively licensed to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. for worldwide distribution outside of China
eBook ISBN
978-981-13-3558-7
DOI
10.1007/978-981-13-3558-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-13-3557-0
Series ISSN
2524-8464
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 125
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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