Title

New Humanism

Campus Units

World Languages and Cultures

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

3-1-2008

Journal or Book Title

Modern Language Quarterly

Volume

69

Issue

1

First Page

61

Last Page

79

DOI

10.1215/00267929-2007-025

Abstract

Originally proposed by Irving Babbitt and Elmer More, and inspired by Buddhist and Confucian philosophies, New Humanism opposed the moral decline fostered by relativist and determinist beliefs and by an increasingly materialistic American society during the early twentieth century. Brought back to China and transformed by Chinese scholars who had studied with Babbitt, New Humanism became a counternarrative to the May Fourth Movement, to Marxism, and to radicalism in general. This essay delineates the roles New Humanism played in China, its internal contradictions, and its intricate relationship with hegemonic discourses by examining the literary practices of three New Humanists who demonstrated, respectively, ideal/academic, political, and transcendental ways of engagement.

Comments

This article is published as Li,T., New Humanism,” Modern Language Quarterly, 69.1 (2008): 61–79. Doi: 10.1215/00267929-2007-025.Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

University of Washington

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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