How was the concept of 'personality' perceived in (late-imperial) China? Re-constructing the main features describing the individual, this volume, firmly based in textual sources, is a reflection on personality and its attributes in China.
It discusses terms that express the propensity, inclinations, predispositions, and temperament of subjects, departing from the descriptions that represent one's and the other's self, as well as terms that describe or label a person's main qualities or defects. As judgments contribute to formulate the image of ourselves and others, when talking of personality not only individual characters (biological traits, cultural basis, innate and acquired traits and habits) are looked into, but also social values and collective mentality, as well as individual and group subjectivity.
'Santangelo has succeeded in his fundamental aim: with this compendium of the treatment of certain traits in recent literary history, he provides a solid and functional platform for further research into the realms of personality and characterisation in Chinese literature.'
Orion Lethbridge, NZJAS 13/1 (2011).