Wednesday Lunch Talk -- 'The Compassionate Trade' between Europe and China
A presentation by Eric Hayot, International Institute Global Fellow
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
11377 Bunche Hall
"The Compassion Trade" is part of Eric Hayot's current book project on Chinese Pain, a historical account of what happens when Westerners see Chinese people in pain. This chapter focuses on a book series published in the early 1800s in London that addresses the question of Chinese judicial punishment. The larger framework has to do with the ways in which shifting European notions of human nature interact with China trade and with political and cultural relationships to China more generally, and with the ways in which those interactions become (or fail to become) expressive of Europe's modernity.
Eric Hayot, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Arizona, has taught classes in modernism, critical theory and literary analysis, and comparative literature. Among his publications are Chinese Dreams: Pound, Brecht, Tel quel (University of Michigan Press, 2003), and Sinographies: Writing China (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming). As a UCLA Global Fellow, Hayot plans to complete his book entitled On Chinese Pain: An Artificial History. The book seeks "to understand the West's belief in Chinese cruelty as part of a larger set of relationships" that he refers to as "Chinese pain."
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