Humor in Chinese Life and Letters

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-12-31
  • Publisher: Hong Kong Univ Pr
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This is the first book in either English or Chinese to address complex Chinese cultural traditions about humour and laughter. It brings a Chinese perspective to international studies of humour as a universal form of human behaviour through its scholarly and readable contributions ranging from language, literature and philosophy to medicine, history and politics.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. ix
Contributorsp. xi
Prefacep. xvii
Yonmo and the Chinese Sense of Humourp. 1
The Theory of Humours and Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Preamble to Chapter 3p. 31
The Qi That Got Lost in Translation: Traditional Chinese Medicine, Humour and Healingp. 37
The Classical Confucian Concepts of Human Emotion and Proper Humourp. 49
Identifying Daoist Humour: Reading the Liezip. 73
Shared Humour: Elitist Joking in Shishuo xinyu (A New Account of Tales of the World)p. 89
Chinese Humour as Reflected in Love-Theme Comedies of the Yuan Dynastyp. 117
How Humour Humanizes a Confucian Paragon: The Case of Xue Baochai in Honglou mengp. 139
Contextualizing Lin Yutang's essay "On Humour": Introduction and Translationp. 269
Discovering Humour in Modern China: The Launching of the Analects Forbiightly Journal and the "Year of Humour" (1933)p. 191
Notesp. 219
Bibliographyp. 255
Indexp. 277
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