By Erica Fox Brindley
In early China, conceptions of song turned very important culturally and politically. This interesting ebook examines quite a lot of texts and discourse on tune in this interval (ca. 500–100 BCE) in gentle of the increase of spiritual, protoscientific ideals at the intrinsic concord of the cosmos. via monitoring how track started to tackle cosmic and non secular value, Erica Fox Brindley indicates how track used to be used as a device for such corporations as country unification and cultural imperialism. She additionally outlines how musical discourse observed the expansion of an particular psychology of the feelings, served as a basic medium for religious attunement with the cosmos, and was once concept to have application and efficiency in medication. whereas discussions of tune in kingdom ritual or as a cultured and cultural perform abound, this publication is exclusive in linking song to spiritual trust and demonstrating its convergences with key spiritual, political, and highbrow adjustments in early China.
“Brindley’s learn of tune in early China makes a massive contribution to our figuring out of this hugely consequential paintings shape … by means of now not proscribing its research to a particular textual content or time, the booklet explores broad-ranging connections that may another way stay vague if constrained by means of now out of date divisions resembling Confucianism or Daoism.” — Journal of chinese language Religions
“Taking complete benefit of the plethora of newly excavated manuscripts, this ebook is a welcome boost to the examine of early chinese language highbrow and cultural historical past … [the ebook] is a vital examine that breaks new floor in a unfortunately understudied sector of chinese language thought.” — Journal of Asian Studies
“This is a gigantic contribution to the sector by way of addressing a few early conceptions of song and its social, cultural, and political position within the constructing political and cosmic process in keeping with correlative pondering, or because the writer places it, a ‘cosmology of mystical resonance.’” — Joanne D. Birdwhistell, writer of Mencius and Masculinities: Dynamics of energy, Morality, and Maternal Thinking
Erica Fox Brindley is affiliate Professor of background, Asian reports, and spiritual stories on the Pennsylvania country collage. She is the writer of Individualism in Early China: Human company and the Self in proposal and Politics.
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Music, Cosmology, and the Politics of Harmony in Early China (SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture) by Erica Fox Brindley