Redefining Chinese Literature and Art

  • Jixi Yuan

Part of the Key Concepts in Chinese Thought and Culture book series (KCCTC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Jixi Yuan
    Pages 53-66
  3. Jixi Yuan
    Pages 67-97
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 99-106

About this book


This Key Concepts pivot discusses the significance of the ancient Chinese concept of xìng or ‘Association’ in defining Chinese civilization and thought through the centuries. An approach unique to literary creation in China, xìng highlights the importance Chinese civilization sets by the integration of intellect, emotion and will into a highly consistent concept across its personal and public spheres. The book explores how the concept has been a widely used creative technique even in the earliest collections of Chinese poems, using metaphor and symbolism to set the scene and indicate thoughts and emotions invested in the vehicle of metaphor, as well as its impact on Chinese literature and philosophy as a domain of multiple meanings in classical Chinese aesthetics.


Ancient Chinese Concept of Xìng Defining Chinese Civilization and Thought Xing and the Integration of Intellect, Emotion and Will Chinese Xing, Metaphor and Symbolism Xing and Multiple Meanings

Authors and affiliations

  • Jixi Yuan
    • 1
  1. 1.Renmin University of ChinaBeijingChina

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Foreign Language Teaching and Research Publishing Co., Ltd. This international edition is exclusively licensed to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. for worldwide distribution outside of China 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-13-3554-9
  • Online ISBN 978-981-13-3555-6
  • Series Print ISSN 2524-8464
  • Series Online ISSN 2524-8472
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