By Erica Fox Brindley
Explores the non secular, political, and cultural value attributed to track in early China.
In early China, conceptions of song grew to become very important culturally and politically. This interesting booklet examines quite a lot of texts and discourse on track in this interval (ca. 500–100 BCE) in gentle of the increase of spiritual, protoscientific ideals at the intrinsic concord of the cosmos. by way of monitoring how tune started to tackle cosmic and spiritual importance, Erica Fox Brindley exhibits how song used to be used as a device for such businesses as nation unification and cultural imperialism. She additionally outlines how musical discourse followed the expansion of an specific psychology of the feelings, served as a basic medium for non secular attunement with the cosmos, and used to be proposal to have application and efficiency in drugs. whereas discussions of track in kingdom ritual or as a classy and cultural perform abound, this e-book is exclusive in linking song to spiritual trust and demonstrating its convergences with key spiritual, political, and highbrow changes in early China.
“Brindley’s research of track in early China makes a major contribution to our figuring out of this hugely consequential artwork shape … through now not proscribing its research to a selected textual content or time, the publication explores broad-ranging connections that would another way stay imprecise if constrained via now out of date divisions similar to Confucianism or Daoism.” — Journal of chinese language Religions
“Taking complete good thing about the plethora of newly excavated manuscripts, this booklet is a welcome boost to the learn of early chinese language highbrow and cultural heritage … [the publication] is a crucial research that breaks new flooring in a unfortunately understudied quarter of chinese language thought.” — Journal of Asian Studies
“This is a gigantic contribution to the sphere by way of addressing a few early conceptions of track and its social, cultural, and political position within the constructing political and cosmic process in response to 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 historical past, Asian stories, and spiritual experiences on the Pennsylvania kingdom collage. She is the writer of Individualism in Early China: Human enterprise and the Self in proposal and Politics.