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Orthodox Passions

Narrating Filial Love during the High Qing

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$68.00 • £59.95 • €61.95

ISBN 9780674241176

Publication Date: 12/17/2019


384 pages

6 x 9 inches

6 illus., 3 tables

Harvard University Asia Center > Harvard East Asian Monographs


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By returning filial piety as a core emotion that enabled premodern subjects to form their personal and social identities, Maram Epstein’s masterpiece provides a point of departure for China scholars to further integrate critical discussion of intergenerational relations into their writing of Chinese history.—Yue Du, China Review International

A pioneering study of filial piety… Epstein argues, linguistically and culturally, romantic love had its European discourse; in contrast, filial piety or filial love was the primary emotional bond in traditional China, which was critical to people’s identity formation… It further advocates a new way of rereading the eighteenth-century texts by decentering romantic feeling as the dominant expression of love during the High Qing, and calls for a new understanding of the affective landscape of late imperial China.—Guotong Li, Chinese Historical Studies

Though focused on the high Qing, it serves as a masterful rendition of an entire tradition… Epstein has executed a radically novel and engaging approach that should spur us and our students to new and deeper realizations.—Keith McMahon, Journal of Chinese Studies

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