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Author Hayot, Eric, 1972-
Title The hypothetical mandarin : sympathy, modernity, and Chinese pain / Eric Hayot.
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009.
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 Floor2  CB203 .H39 2009    IN LIBRARY
Description xiii, 278 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Series Modernist literature & culture
Modernist literature & culture.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Beginning with Bianchon and Rastignac's discussion of whether the former would, if he could, obtain a European fortune by killing a Chinese mandarin in Balzac's Le Pere Goriot (1835), this book traces a series of literary and historical examples in which Chinese life and European sympathy seem to hang in one another's balance. Hayots wide-ranging discussion draws on accounts of torture, on medical case studies, travelers tales, photographs, plasticized corpses, polemical broadsides, watercolors, and on oil paintings. His analyses show that the historical connection between sympathy and humanity, and indeed between sympathy and reality, has tended to refract with a remarkable frequency through the lens called "China," and why the story of the West's Chinese pain goes to the heart of the relation between language and the body and the social experience of the modern human being.
Subject Europe -- Civilization -- Chinese influences.
China -- In literature.
Sympathy -- Moral and ethical aspects -- History.
Related To Online version: Hayot, Eric, 1972- Hypothetical mandarin. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2009 (OCoLC)649917159
ISBN 0195382498 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780195377965 (hardback : alk. paper)
0195377966 (hardback : alk. paper)
9780195382495 (pbk. : alk. paper)
OCLC number 258767499