The Culture of Love in China and Europe


In The Culture of Love in China and Europe Paolo Santangelo, Gábor Boros and Roberto Gigliucci offer a survey of the cults of love developed in the history of ideas and literary production in China and Europe between the 12th and early 19th century. They describe parallel evolutions within the two cultures, and how innovatively these independent civilisations developed their own categories and myths to explain, exalt but also control the emotions of love and their behavioural expressions. The analyses contain rich materials for comparison, point out the universal and specific elements in each culture, and hint at differences and resemblances, without ignoring the peculiar beauty and attractive force of the texts cultivating love.

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Biographical Note
Paolo Santangelo, is Professor emeritus of Sapienza University of Rome, and leads an international research project on the textual analysis of literary and non-literary sources in Chinese culture. He is the author of several books and articles. Gábor Boros is Philosopher at Loránd Eötvös University and Head of the Department of General Humanities at Gáspár Károli University in Budapest. He has published monographs, translations and numerous articles on early modern philosophy and philosophy of emotions, in particularly on the concepts of love.
Table of contents

Authors’ Preface
List of Figures

Part 1: China

Paolo Santangelo
Introductory Notes
1 Emotions and Love. Philosophical Representation of Passions: Emotions and Human Nature in Neo-Confucian Thought
 Basic Terms and Notions Concerning the Idea of “Love”
  Cosmic Energy and Psychophisical Personal Humour (qi 氣)
 Chinese Notions Ascribable to the Concepts of Love
 Passions and Love Passion (Qing)
 Qing: a Short Historical Survey
 The “Romantics” in the Medieval Period
 The Cosmologists. The concept of Psychophysical Nature and the Principle-Desires Scheme in the School of Principles
 Wang Yangming
 Rehabilitation of Emotions and Desires. Ideological Basis for a Cult of Passions
 Developments of the Schools of Mind
 From Ming to Qing
 The Cult of Passions during the Qing Dynasty
 Two Main Trends and Domestication of Passions
2 Various Facets of Love in Literary Sources
 The So Called Cult of Passions in Literary Works
 The ‘True Emotions’ and ‘True Love’
 Love Winning Death: Mythical and Supernatural Elements
 The “Mutual Love Tree”
 Destiny and Predestined Love
 Two Treatises on Love: the “History of Love” (Qingshi leilüe 情史類略) and De Amore
 In Search of a New Morality
 Love, Desire and Lust
 Seduction: Breaches, Temptations and Loneliness
 The Rhetoric of Seduction. Gendered Seduction
 Body and Beauty: the Language of Body as seductive Language
 Love-affection as Moral Sentiment: Conjugal Love and its Antagonists
 Gender’s Roles in Love. New and Old Images of Heroines and Heroes
Femme fatale
 Illicit and Practical Loves. Love as a Food
 The Dark and Surreal Sides of Love. Eros and Death
 Passions are Like Dreams. Between social Limitations and Dream Freedom
3 Concluding Remarks and Bibliography to Part 1

Part 2: Europe

Gábor Boros
4 European Philosophies of Love
 General Introduction
 I The Scholastic Period
 II Christian and Jewish, Florentine and Neapolitan Versions of Neoplatonism
2 Giovanni Pico della Mirandola: a Platonic Discourse on Love –III Concepts of Love in the 17th Century
 IV Enlightenments: Naturalizing Concepts of Love
 V Romanticism
 Bibliography to Part
5 Love in Western Literature
Roberto Gigliucci
 1 Preface
 2 The Commencement of the Lot: Courtly Love
 3 Anti-Tristan
 4 Salvation and Perdition
 5 Comic Love?
 6 So the World Goes
 7 Love in the Humanistic Poetry
 8 The Sublime Woman: «Délie»
 9 “Petrarchisms” in Italy and Europe
 10 Tasso: The Disturbed Love.
 11 Love in the Baroque Era: New Appreciations of Reality
 12 Lovers-Avengers and Other Baroque Scenes
 13 A Portuguese Nun
 14 Love in the Age of Enlightenment and Delightment
 15 Manon
 16 The Libertine Novel
 17 Ridiculous and Disgusting
 18 Between Rousseau and Crébillon
 19 Dangerous Liaisons
 20 Eating the Lover
 21 An Odd Story
 22 End of Games
 23 1822: Crystallisation
 24 Conclusions and Bibliography

All interested in Chinese culture, Chinese philosophy and Chinese literature, anthropology, history of emotions, history of Western thought, history of European literatures, social psychology, history of religions.
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