Xiaoqun Xu, Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, and Individualism in Modern China: The Chenbao Fukan and the New Culture Era, 1918-1928. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2014. Pp.255. ISBN 978-0-7391-8914-6.
The book analyzes aspects of intellectual life and cultural practices in the New Culture era of modern China by examining an influcential newspaper supplement published in Beijing during 1918-1928, along with other contemporary sources. It highlights a key intellectual-moral paradox in Chinese disourses between cosmopolitanism as an idealistic aspiration and nationalism as a practical imparative, both in complext relationship to indivudialism, and in constant negotiations between Chinese tradition and Western culture in the making of Chinese modernity. It argues for a re-consideration and re-appreciation of the New Culture era in modern Chinese history, as the issues treated in the book remain relevant to China and the world today.
Table of Contents:
1 Social Agendas and Personal Tastes: The Chenbao Fukan’s Editorial Policies 19
2 Cosmopolitanism, Nationalism, and Coloinial Hierarchy: Chinese Responses to Russell, Eroshenko, and Tagore 53
3 Individual Cosmopolians and Cultural Capital: Debates on Translation Practices 89
4 Placing China in the World of Coloinal Hierarchy: Chinese Travelogues in the 1920s 125
5 Cultural Legacy and Scientific Methods: The Enterprise of Reorganizing National Heritage 157
6 Life, Love, and Nation: Intellectual and Moral Sensibilities of Educated Chinese 197
Appedix: Names and Terms 233
About the Author 255
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