Male Friendship in Ming China

Male Friendship in Ming China

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Publisher's Synopsis

This is the first interdisciplinary effort to study friendship in late imperial China from the perspective of gender history. Friendship was valorized with unprecedented enthusiasm in Ming China (1368-1644). Some Ming literati even proposed that friendship was the most fundamental relationship among the so-called "five cardinal human relationships".
Why the cult of friendship in Ming China? How was male friendship theorized, practiced and represented during that period? These are some of the questions the current volume deals with. Coming from different disciplines (history, musicology and literary studies), the contributors thoroughly explore the complexities and the gendered nature of friendship in Ming China.
This volume has also been published as a special theme issue of Brill's journal NAN NÜ, Men, Women and Gender in China.

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Founded in 1683, Brill is a publishing house with a rich history and a strong international focus. The company?s head office is in Leiden, (The Netherlands) with a branch office in Boston, Massachusetts (USA). Brill?s publications focus on the Humanities and Social Sciences, International Law and selected areas in the Sciences.

Book information

ISBN: 9789004160262
Publisher: Brill
Imprint: Brill
Pub date:
DEWEY: 302.340810951
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 188
Weight: 113g
Height: 241mm
Width: 165mm
Spine width: 6mm