Signposts of Self-Realization

Evolution, Ethics and Sociality in Modern Chinese Literature and Film


In Signposts of Self-Realization, Xinmin Liu offers an ontological study of education and development of the individual self through the prisms of ethical progress and social evolution in the context of modern Chinese literature and film.

Did self-realization in the Chinese modern follow the law of Social Darwinism: the biggest ego always won out? Is individualism always self-regarding, never other-regarding? How did the Greater I evolve out of the Lesser I socially and ethically? Confronting these questions, the author navigates through the terrains of paraphrastic translation, Buddhist nonself, lyrical epiphany, redemptive memory and ethnic orality to map out an alternative path for the growth of a modern Chinese self.

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Xinmin Liu, Ph. D. (1997) Yale University, is Assistant Professor of Chinese at the Washington State University. Author of many published book chapters and journal articles, he has lately undertaken intense study of humanist ecology in the global context.

Part One An Introduction to Self-Realization in Modern China
1. Sociality in Early Modern China: An Ontological Appraisal
2. Historicizing Social Development and Self-Realization

Part Two Ethical Imperative and Social Progress
3. Fountainheads of Change: Yan Fu’s Tussle with Evolution
4. Empathetic Vision in Yu Dafu’s Fiction
5. A Exile of Self-Disinheritance: Revisiting Qu Qiubai
6. Non-Epiphany in Ye Shaojun’s Lyrical Vision

Part Three Post-Revolutionary Self-Remaking and Global Development
7. How Steel Is Tempered: The Making of a Revolutionary Hero
8. Retributive Memories: Self-Realization in the Post-Mao Era
9. Zhang Chengzhi’s Reinvention of Ethnic Identity

Works Cited
All interested in the ontological and ethical discussion of China's encounter of the modern as well as those interested in the self-realization motif in general.