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Behaving Badly in Early and Medieval China
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Behaving Badly in Early and Medieval China

N. Harry Rothschild and Leslie V. Wallace


Focusing on a diverse cast of characters and/or depraved actions polemicized by writers from the Spring and Autumn period (771-476 B.C.E.) through the Song dynasty (960-1279 C.E.), this volume places center stage transgressive individuals and groups traditionally demonized and marginalized by Confucian annalists and largely shunned by modern scholars. This interdisciplinary collection demonstrates that many of these so-called miscreants—treacherous regicides, impious monks, cutthroat underlings, ill-bred offspring, depraved poet-literati, and disloyal officials—were deemed so not because of a ... More

Keywords: Chinese social history, Chinese political history, Chinese historiography, deviance, transgression, the problem of evil, orthopraxy, heteropraxy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780824867812
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824867812.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

N. Harry Rothschild, editor
University of North Florida

Leslie V. Wallace, editor
Coastal Carolina University

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Front Matter


N. Harry Rothschild and Leslie V. Wallace

Part I Broken Ties: Compromised Social and Political Relationships

2 Negative Role Models

Cong Ellen Zhang

Part II Orthopraxy vs. Heteropraxy: Fluidity in Ritual and Social Norms

5 Rituals without Rules

Miranda Brown and Anna-Alexandra Fodde-Reguer

6 Bad Writing

Vincent S. Leung

8 Alcoholism and Song Literati

Edwin Van Bibber-Orr

Part III Cultures of Bloodshed and Mayhem: Rhetoric and Reality in Confucian and Buddhist Attitudes toward Martial Violence