Mapping Meanings: The Field of New Learning in Late Qing China ; [International Conference "Translating Western Knowledge Into Late Imperial China", 1999, Göttingen University]

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Michael Lackner, Ph.D., Natascha Vittinghoff
BRILL, 2004 - History - 741 pages
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"Mapping Meanings" is essentially a broad-ranged introduction to China's intellectual entry into the family of nations. Written by a fine selection of experts, it guides the reader into the terrain of China's (late Qing) encounter with Western knowledge and modern sciences, and at the same time connects convincingly to the broader question of the mobility of knowledge. The late Qing literati's pursue of New Learning was a transnational practice inseparable from the local context. "Mapping Meanings" therefore attempts to highlight what the encountered global knowledge could have meant to specific social actors in the specific historical situation. Subjects included are the transformation of the examination system, the establishment of academic disciplines, and new social actors and questions of new terminologies. Both an introduction and a reference work on the subject.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
THE POLITICS OF GLOBAL KNOWLEDGE
7
From Premodern Chinese Natural Studies to Modern Science in China
25
Social Actors in the Field of New Learning in Nineteenth
75
The Formation and Development of the Term
119
Notes on the History of the Chinese Term for Labor
129
A Brief Study on the Translation of Western
143
To Translate is To Exchange
173
The Reception of Archaeology and Prehistory
423
Formation and Dissemination of Japanese
451
Translation and the Discovery
471
The Formation of a Chinese Lexicon
507
Creating Scientific
537
The Evolution of Modern Chinese Musical Theory
555
Nineteenth Century Ruist Metaphysical Terminology
615
On Translating Western Psychiatry into the Chinese
639

Translation Problems
239
Mandarin Vernacular and National Language
265
How the Leading Article Became
329
Towards a Comparative Study of Diachronic
355
The Strife to Delineate a Field
381
The Rhetoric
659
Propagating New VirtuesPatriotism in Late Qing
685
Index
711
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Natascha Vittinghoff, Ph.D. (1998) in Sinology, Heidelberg University, is Junior Professor of Sinology at Frankfurt University. She has published extensively on modern Chinese drama, literature and media and Late Qing social history including Die Anfänge des Journalismus in China, 1860-1911, (2002).
Michael Lackner, Ph.D. (1985), University of Munich, is Chair of Chinese Studies at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

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