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xvi, 242 pages ; 24 cm.
  • Sovereignty: the case of the illustrious emperor
  • Literati sociality: remembering individuals and community in historical miscellanies
  • Sexuality: women, literati, and nonmarital bonds
  • Cosmic mobility: the possibility and impossibility of moving beyond
  • Conclusion: the power and legacies of late medieval literati storytelling.
Scholar-officials of late medieval China were not only enthusiastic in amateur storytelling, but also showed unprecedented interest in recording stories on different aspects of literati life. These stories were recounted in diverse forms, including narrative poems, "tales of the marvelous, " "records of the strange, " historical miscellanies, and transformation texts. Through storytelling, literati explored their own changing place in a society that was making its final transition from hereditary aristocracy to a meritocracy ostensibly open to all. Literati Storytelling shows how these writings offer crucial insights into the reconfiguration of the Chinese elite, which monopolized literacy, social prestige, and political participation in imperial China.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780295994147 20160618
Green Library
CHINA-117-01, CHINA-117-01, JAPAN-117-01, JAPAN-117-01, KOREA-117-01, KOREA-117-01
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viii, 293 pages ; 24 cm
  • The misery of love
  • The great transformation of love or the emergence of marriage markets
  • Commitment phobia and the new architecture of romantic choice (with Mattan Shachak)
  • The demand for recognition: love and the vulnerability of the self
  • Love, reason, irony
  • From romantic fantasy to disappointment.
Few of us have been spared the agonies of intimate relationships. They come in many shapes: loving a man or a woman who will not commit to us, being heartbroken when we're abandoned by a lover, engaging in Sisyphean internet searches, coming back lonely from bars, parties, or blind dates, feeling bored in a relationship that is so much less than we had envisaged - these are only some of the ways in which the search for love is a difficult and often painful experience. Despite the widespread and almost collective character of these experiences, our culture insists they are the result of faulty or insufficiently mature psyches. For many, the Freudian idea that the family designs the pattern of an individual's erotic career has been the main explanation for why and how we fail to find or sustain love. Psychoanalysis and popular psychology have succeeded spectacularly in convincing us that individuals bear responsibility for the misery of their romantic and erotic lives. The purpose of this book is to change our way of thinking about what is wrong in modern relationships. The problem is not dysfunctional childhoods or insufficiently self-aware psyches, but rather the institutional forces shaping how we love. The argument of this book is that the modern romantic experience is shaped by a fundamental transformation in the ecology and architecture of romantic choice. The samples from which men and women choose a partner, the modes of evaluating prospective partners, the very importance of choice and autonomy and what people imagine to be the spectrum of their choices: all these aspects of choice have transformed the very core of the will, how we want a partner, the sense of worth bestowed by relationships, and the organization of desire. This book does to love what Marx did to commodities: it shows that it is shaped by social relations and institutions and that it circulates in a marketplace of unequal actors.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780745671079 20160616
Green Library
CHINA-117-01, CHINA-117-01, JAPAN-117-01, JAPAN-117-01, KOREA-117-01, KOREA-117-01

3. Shanghai baby [2001]

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279 p. ; 20 cm.
Coco is a Shanghai cafe waitress, full of enthusiasm for life. She falls in love with a young man, Tian Tian, for whom she feels tenderness and love but who is reclusive and impotent. Despite her parents' objections, she moves in with him. But then she meets Mark, a dashing businessman.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781841193618 20160528
Green Library
CHINA-117-01, CHINA-117-01, JAPAN-117-01, JAPAN-117-01, KOREA-117-01, KOREA-117-01
Book
ix, 205 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Stones in the sea / by Fu Lin -- The sea of regret / by Wu Jianren.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780824817091 20160528
Green Library
CHINA-117-01, CHINA-117-01, JAPAN-117-01, JAPAN-117-01, KOREA-117-01, KOREA-117-01
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294 p.
Green Library
CHINA-117-01, CHINA-117-01, JAPAN-117-01, JAPAN-117-01, KOREA-117-01, KOREA-117-01