Public Passions The Trial of Shi Jianqiao and the Rise of Popular Sympathy in Republican China

ISBN-10: 0520247183

ISBN-13: 9780520247185

Edition: 2007

Authors: Eugenia Lean

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In 1935, a Chinese woman by the name of Shi Jianqiao murdered the notorious warlord Sun Chuanfang as he prayed in a Buddhist temple. This riveting work of history examines this well-publicized crime and the highly sensationalized trial of the killer. In a fascinating investigation of the media, political, and judicial records surrounding this cause ceacute;legrave;bre, Eugenia Lean shows how Shi Jianqiao planned not only to avenge the death of her father, but also to attract media attention and galvanize public support. Lean traces the rise of a new sentiment--"public sympathy"--in early twentieth-century China, a sentiment that ultimately served to exonerate the assassin. What was at stake was not just the fate of one young woman, but the larger question of whether sentiment could trump the rule of law and challenge the political authority of the state in Republican China. In addition to documenting the rise of "public sympathy," the book sheds new light on the political significance of emotions, the powerful influence of sensational media, modern law in China, and the gendered nature of modernity.
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List price: $85.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/24/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Eugenia Lean is Assistant Professor of History at Columbia University.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Assassin and Her Revenge: A Tale of Moral Heroism and Female Self-Fashioning in an Age of Mass Communication
Media Sensation: Public Justice and the Sympathy of an Urban Audience
Highbrow Ambivalence: Fear of the Masses and Feminized Sentiment
The Trial: Courtroom Spectacle and Ethical Sentiment in the Rule of Law
A State Pardon: Sanctioned Violence under Nationalist Rule
Beyond the 1930s: From Wartime Patriotism to Counter-Revolutionary Sentiment
Conclusion
Notes
Glossary of Selected Chinese Names and Terms
References
Index
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