Selfless Offspring: Filial Children and Social Order in Medieval China

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Both Western and Chinese intellectuals have long derided filial piety tales as an absurd and grotesque variety of children's literature. Selfless Offspring offers a fresh perspective on the genre, revealing the rich historical worth of these stories by examining them in their original context: the tumultuous and politically fragmented early medieval era (A.D. 100-600). At a time when no Confucian virtue was more prized than filial piety, adults were moved and inspired by tales of filial children. The emotional impact of ...

Selfless Offspring: Filial Children and Social Order in Medieval China 2005, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu

ISBN-13: 9780824828660

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