Public Passions The Trial of Shi Jianqiao and the Rise of Popular Sympathy in Republican China
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Description: 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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Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 4/24/2007
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Eugenia Lean is Assistant Professor of History at Columbia University.
|List of Illustrations|
|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|
|Glossary of Selected Chinese Names and Terms|