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PastimesFrom Art and Antiquarianism to Modern Chinese Historiography$
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Shana J. Brown

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824834982

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824834982.001.0001

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Luo Zhenyu and the Dilemmas of the Private Scholar

Luo Zhenyu and the Dilemmas of the Private Scholar

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Pastimes
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Shana J. Brown

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834982.003.0006

This chapter examines the dilemmas faced by jinshi scholar Luo Zhenyu in the new Republic. After the abdication of the last Qing emperor Puyi (1906–1967) in 1912, many talented scholar-officials lost their professional identities. Luo Zhenyu and other jinshi scholars were among those who had to find new careers. Luo Zhenyu chose to remain a private scholar until virtually the end of his life—a political choice that placed him far to the right of mainstream intellectual life in the late 1920s and 1930s. This chapter first considers Luo Zhenyu's entrepreneurial zeal in educational reform in the last decades of the Qing Dynasty before discussing his commitment to artifact studies and archaeology. It then explores Luo Zhenyu's work as an art dealer and publisher in the post-1911 period and the issues his activities raised regarding the evolution of antiquarianism; for example, whether in the Republican world, an antiquarian could be an entrepreneur and private scholar, and if so, what the consequences were for scholarship.

Keywords:   jinshi, Luo Zhenyu, private scholar, educational reform, artifact studies, archaeology, art dealer, publisher, antiquarianism, entrepreneur

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