The Hypothetical Mandarin: Sympathy, Modernity, and Chinese Pain (2020)

The Hypothetical Mandarin: Sympathy, Modernity, and Chinese Pain Eric Hayot The Hypothetical Mandarin Sympathy Modernity and Chinese Pain Why has the West for so long and in so many different ways expressed the idea that the Chinese have a special relationship to cruelty and to physical pain What can the history of that idea and its exp
  • Title: The Hypothetical Mandarin: Sympathy, Modernity, and Chinese Pain
  • Author: Eric Hayot
  • ISBN: 9780195382495
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Paperback
The Hypothetical Mandarin: Sympathy, Modernity, and Chinese Pain Eric Hayot Why has the West for so long and in so many different ways expressed the idea that the Chinese have a special relationship to cruelty and to physical pain What can the history of that idea and its expressions teach us about the politics of the West s contemporary relation to China And what does it tell us about the philosophy of modernity The Hypothetical Mandarin is, inWhy has the West for so long and in so many different ways expressed the idea that the Chinese have a special relationship to cruelty and to physical pain What can the history of that idea and its expressions teach us about the politics of the West s contemporary relation to China And what does it tell us about the philosophy of modernity The Hypothetical Mandarin is, in some sense, a history of the Western imagination It is also a history of the interactions between Enlightenment philosophy, of globalization, of human rights, and of the idea of the modern 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 , the 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 Written in an ebullient prose, The Hypothetical Mandarin demonstrates how the network that intertwines China, sympathy, and modernity continues to shape the economic and human experience.
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  1. Jessica Zu

    I declared to have read this book because I ve read the part recommended by my professor Intro and Chapter 2 It s very insightful but too deconstructive to my taste Well, my taste can change I still need to read a few other books he suggested to figure out whether I want to think the way he thinks Right now, my intuition tells me it s a useful way of thinking but only one of the many useful ways But I don t want to get caught up with the deconstructive instinct and forget about the larger pictur [...]

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