Dandyism and Transcultural Modernity

Author: Hsiao-yen Peng
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136941746
Format: PDF
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This book views the Neo-Sensation mode of writing as a traveling genre, or style, that originated in France, moved on to Japan, and then to China. The author contends that modernity is possible only on "the transcultural site"—transcultural in the sense of breaking the divide between past and present, elite and popular, national and regional, male and female, literary and non-literary, inside and outside. To illustrate the concept of transcultural modernity, three icons are highlighted on the transcultural site: the dandy, the flaneur, and the translator. Mere flaneurs and flaneurses simply float with the tide of heterogeneous information on the transcultural site, whereas the dandy/flaneur and the cultural translator, propellers of modernity, manage to bring about transformative creation. Their performance marks the essence of transcultural modernity: the self-consciousness of working on the threshold, always testing the limits of boundaries and tempted to go beyond them. To develop the concept of dandyism—the quintessence of transcultural modernity—the Neo-Sensation gender triad formed by the dandy, the modern girl, and the modern boy is laid out. Writers discussed include Liu Na’ou, a Shanghai dandy par excellence from Taiwan, Paul Morand, who looked upon Coco Chanel the female dandy as his perfect other self, and Yokomitsu Riichi, who developed the theory of Neo-Sensation from Kant’s the-thing-in-itself.

Modern China and the West

Author: Hsiao-yen Peng
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004270221
Format: PDF, Mobi
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In Modern China and the West: Translation and Cultural Mediation, the authors investigate the significant role translation plays in cultural mediation. Transnational organizations that bring about cross-cultural interactions as well as regulating authorities, in the form of both nation-states and ideologies, are under scrutiny.

Environmental History in East Asia

Author: Tsui-jung Liu
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317974905
Format: PDF
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As environmental history has developed as growing sub-discipline within the study of history, great emphasis has been placed on the importance of adopting an interdisciplinary approach. Indeed, as Environmental History in East Asia shows, by drawing on research and methodologies from the fields of science, technology, geography, geology and ecology, we are able to develop a much richer understanding of a region’s history. This book provides a comprehensive examination of environmental history in East Asia, ranging temporally from the Ming dynasty to the 21st Century and spatially across China, Japan and Taiwan. Split into four parts, the chapters cover a wide range of fascinating topics, comparing environmental thought and policy in the East and West, the transformation of the landscape, land resource utilization and impact of agriculture and disasters and diseases across the region. A diverse selection of case studies are used to illustrate the chapters, including the role of Daoism, Qing pasturelands and 21st century swine flu. Truly interdisciplinary in approach, this book will be of huge interest to students and scholars of Asian environmentalism, environmental history, Asian anthropology, Asian development studies and Asian history more generally.

Local Realities and Environmental Changes in the History of East Asia

Author: Ts'ui-Jung Liu
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317443594
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Environmental history has evolved into a well-established historical subfield which has broadened the horizons of historical research, beyond human affairs, to include the study of human interactions with natural and man-made environments. This broadened scope has attracted scholars from many different fields; a development which is reflected by this volume as it highlights the recent studies on East Asian environmental history by scholars of History, Economic History, Political ecology, Sociology and Environmental Studies. This book examines the local realities and environmental changes in East Asia, and is one of a few publications in English on the subject. Contributors apply rich historical material, maps and statistical data to reveal the local environmental realities infused by global perspectives. Part I deals with attitude toward nature, focusing on the soundscape conceived by traditional Chinese literati and on "industrious revolution" in Tokugawa Japan. Part II includes four case studies which respectively discuss the hydraulic management and political ecology in the Yongle reign (1403-1424), the "Woosung Bar" controversy in the 1870s, the expansion of Daihaizi Reservoir in Xinjiang in the 1950s, and interactions between the indigenous communities and NGOs in Hualien, Taiwan. Part III presents case studies of Japan dealing with natural disasters: volcano eruption, floods, and the human actions around Tokyo since the eighteenth century. These chapters and the insights they offer provide the reader with the most recent research on East Asian environmental history. Covering the geographical areas of Japan, North and Northwest China, the Lower Yangzi Delta and Taiwan, and the timeframe spanning the seventh century BC to the present day, the book will be of great interest to anyone studying the history of East Asia, environmental history or environmental studies.

Der Geist der Madame Chen

Author: Amy Tan
Publisher: Goldmann Verlag
ISBN: 3641141575
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Die Geschichte einer faszinierenden Frau und einer abenteuerlichen Reise in das Herz von Burma In San Francisco ist sie bekannt wie ein bunter Hund – die exzentrische Chinesin Bibi Chen. Die Bestürzung ist daher groß, als sie plötzlich unter mysteriösen Umständen ums Leben kommt. Niemand hat eine Erklärung dafür, am wenigsten ihre zwölf amerikanischen Freunde, mit denen sie eine Kulturreise nach Burma geplant hatte. Doch so schnell lässt sich die lebenslustige Madame Chen nicht zur letzten Ruhe betten, und ihr rebellischer Geist beschließt, ihre Freunde zu begleiten. Ein großes Abenteuer beginnt, denn eines Morgens verschwindet die Gruppe spurlos im burmesischen Dschungel ...

Dunkle Flammen

Author: Donna Grant
Publisher: Heyne Verlag
ISBN: 3641156831
Format: PDF, ePub
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Der aufregende erste Band der großen neuen Drachen-Romance Seit Jahrhunderten kämpft ein Clan mächtiger Drachenkrieger darum, seine Magie vor den Augen der Menschen zu schützen. Doch das Geheimnis der Drachen ist in Gefahr, als eines Tages die schöne MI5-Agentin Denae Lacroix auf ihrer Mission zufällig in ihr Versteck gerät und dort dem attraktiven Kellan begegnet. Obwohl die Liebe zu einer Menschenfrau verboten ist, kann Kellan Denae nicht widerstehen und lässt sich auf eine leidenschaftliche Affäre mit ihr ein. Eine Affäre, die nicht nur den Zorn der Ältesten entfesselt, sondern auch den Erzfeind der Drachen auf den Plan ruft ...

Der Kult des Kapitals

Author: Mauro Ponzi
Publisher: Universitatsverlag Winter
ISBN: 9783825365899
Format: PDF, ePub
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Die Beitrage des Bandes, die zum Teil auf eine Vortragsreihe der 'Associazione Italiana Walter Benjamin' zuruckgehen, nehmen ihren Ausgang von einer Relekture von Benjamins Fragment 'Kapitalismus als Religion' (1921). Auf wenigen, nahezu visionaren Seiten entfaltet Benjamin seine Lesart des Kapitalismus als Kultreligion, die den Mechanismus einer immer weiter ausgreifenden Verschuldung und Schuldhaftigkeit ausweglos und ewig zu reproduzieren scheint. Ein Jahrhundert spater bewahrheitet sich Benjamins These in der Krise unserer Tage, die sich durch verschiedenartige Schuld-Dispositive auf das Leben jedes Einzelnen auswirkt. Kein Wunder, dass Benjamins Text ein Bezugspunkt in den jungeren Debatten uber die Natur vor allem des neoliberalen Kapitalismus geworden ist. Die hier gebundelten Aufsatze analysieren 'Kapitalismus als Religion' nicht nur im Kontext von Benjamins Denken, sondern versuchen seine Implikationen angesichts unserer wirtschaftlichen und sozialpolitischen Situation zu entwickeln.