Harvard University Asia Center
This book explores two important moments of dislocation in Chinese history, the early medieval period (317–589 CE) and the nineteenth century. Tian juxtaposes a rich array of materials from these two periods in comparative study, linking these historical moments in their unprecedented interactions, and intense fascination, with foreign cultures.
Table of Contents:
Seeing with the mind's eye --
Journeys to other worlds --
Xie Lingyun, Poet of purgatory --
The rhetorical schemata of seeing --
Poetry and experience in the nineteenth century.