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Spirit of Chinese Poetics

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Author: Wang Keping;
Language: English
Publication Date: 07/2008
ISBN: 9787119053844
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This book looks into some highlights of Chinese poetics from a historical and transcultural perspective. It carries out an in-depth discussion of such thematic topics as Confucius' expectation of poetry in education, Mozi and Xunzi on musical functions, Liu Xie's critical illumination of poetic styles, Zhu Xi's moralistic view of poetry, the poetic wisdom in the zen enlightenment, Wang Guowei's aesthetic criticism of the poetic state par excellence, and Lu Xun's sublime poetics of rnmratic type.All this is conducted through textual and contextual analysis in order to facilitate a new rediscovery and creative synthesis
Table of Contents
Foreword
Chapter 1 A Manifold Expectation of Poetry
 1.Poetry as a Social Discourse
 2.Poetry as an Aesthetic Discourse
  2.1 Poetic Xing
2.2 Poetic Guan
2.3 Poetic Qun
2.4 Poetic Yuan
 3.Poetry as a Moral Discourse
Chapter 2 Confucius and Plato on Music
1.Psychical Effect of Music
2.Aesthetic Value of Music
3.Moral Function of Music
4.Political Expectation of Music
5.Pedagogical Worth of Music
6.A Comparative Remark
Chapter 3 A Debate on the Functions of Music
1.Against Music:Mozio's Negative Utilitarianism
2.For Music:Xunzi's Positive Utilitarianism
3.A Reconsideration of the Opposing Views
Chapter 4 A Critical Illumination of Poetic Styles
1. The Literary Development:Form and Style
  1.1 The Institutional Factor
1.2 The Fashion Impact
1.3 The Political Element
1.4 Group Dynamics
1.5 Historico-cultural Context
1.6 Artistic Individuality
 2.Artistic Creation:Proper Inclusiveness and Holistic Vision
 3.Stylistic Paradigms:Naturalness, Gracefulness and Elegance
 3.1 Naturalness as Beauty
 3.2 Gracefulness and Elegance
Chapter 5 A Moralistic View of Poetry
1.Conformity to the Moral Principle a priori
2.A Bi-polarized Treatment of the Guofeng
3.Second Reflection on “Having No Depraved Thoughts”
Chapter 6 Poetic Wisdom in Zen Enlightenment
1.Revelation from Natural Scenes
2.Natural Spontaneity as a Psychical Path
3.A Poetic Way of Zen Enlightenment
  3.1 Gradual Enlightenment
  3.2 Sudden Enlightenment
4. The Realm of Sumyata as Beauty
Chapter 7 Aesthetic Criticism of
1.Beyond East and West:An Transcultural Transformatio
 2.Aesthetic Education as a Critical Necessity (Meiyu Shuo)
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Chapter 8 A Sunlimr Poetics of Maratic Type
Afterword
Appendix
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