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.
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 Preface 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 Conclusion
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