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Between East and West/Word and Image
In Between East and West/Word and Image, Geng Youzhuang, one of China’s leading intellectuals, offers an original and sophisticated analysis of both Western cultural and literary theory and contemporary Chinese thought. In this fascinating exploration of the respective intellectual traditions within China and the West, Geng shows how the dynamics at work between word and image become a parable for understanding the larger relationship between Chinese and Western ideas.
Geng first surveys influential Western thinkers and their ideas, with a special focus on the relations between words and things, signs and meanings, image and language. He next explores the conflicted relationship between religion and literature in the West. Finally, Geng turns his focus to China, discussing the meaning and significance of Sinology and the possibilities of treating China as a sign and referent in contemporary Western thinking. Anyone interested in the forces at work within the intermingling of Eastern and Western literature, writing, and the semiotics of culture will find Between East and West/Word and Image compelling.
"Between East and West/Word and Image is a collection of remarkable breadth—from Augustine to Agamben to the international situations of Chinese poetry and art—by a major Chinese scholar. These essays make a profound contribution to a new and, perhaps for the first time, truly global conversation about philosophy, art, and religion."
—Paul Copp, Associate Professor in Chinese Religion and Thought, The University of Chicago
“Between East and West/Word and Image is highly informative and filled with fresh insights and thought-provoking ideas for scholars in comparative literature, cross-cultural studies as well as China-West studies.”
—Ming Dong Gu, Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature, University of Texas at Dallas
GENG Youzhuang is Professor of Comparative Literature in the School of Liberal Arts at Renmin University of China.