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Canadian-Daoist Poetics, Ethics, and Aesthetics

An Interdisciplinary and Cross-cultural Study


  • Introduces new theories about the Dao, the Yin/Yang, and the Heaven-Earth-Humanity triad

  • Surveys 76 key Daoism-related monographs written in English or Chinese

  • Discusses in detail Canadian-Daoist poetics, aesthetics, ethics and politics


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. John Z. Ming Chen, Yuhua Ji
    Pages 1-6
  3. John Z. Ming Chen, Yuhua Ji
    Pages 7-28
  4. John Z. Ming Chen, Yuhua Ji
    Pages 49-72
  5. John Z. Ming Chen, Yuhua Ji
    Pages 73-89
  6. John Z. Ming Chen, Yuhua Ji
    Pages 137-138
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 139-208

About this book


This monograph takes an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach to 20th and 21st -century Canadian Daoist poetry, fiction and criticism in comparative, innovative and engaging ways. Of particular interest are the authors’ refreshing insights into such holistic and topical issues as the globalization of concepts of the Dao, the Yin/Yang, the Heaven-Earth-Humanity triad, the Four Greats, Five Phases, Non-action, and so on, as expressed in Canadian literature and criticism – which produces Canadian-constructed Daoist poetics, ethics and aesthetics.  Readers will come to understand and appreciate the social and ecological significance of, formal innovations, moral sensitivity, aesthetic principles, and ideological complexity in Canadian-Daoist works. 


Daoist Literature Daoist Poetics Dao’s Nature and Rhythms Lo Fu Malcolm Lowry Paradoxical Poetics Paul Yee Taoist Aesthetics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.College of Foreign Languages and CulturesXiamen UniversityXiamenChina
  2. 2.Department of EnglishXiamen UniversityXiamenChina

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Canadian-Daoist Poetics, Ethics, and Aesthetics
  • Book Subtitle An Interdisciplinary and Cross-cultural Study
  • Authors John Z. Ming Chen
    Yuhua Ji
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-662-47958-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-51673-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-662-47959-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 208
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Culture
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“The volume is highly recommended not only for specialists in Chinese Studies, but anyone taking an interest in Daoism and in the way it operates in a modern Western literary framework.” (Lehel Balogh, Religious Studies Review, Vol. 44 (03), September, 2018)