The Harvard-Yenching Institute is pleased to announce that the eleventh book in the NTU & HYI Academic Book Series has been published. The monograph, entitled 象徵與體物：先秦兩漢禮儀中的修身與教化觀 (Symbols and Bodily Senses: Self-Cultivation and Moral Education Through Ritual in Pre-Qin and Han China), is by Lin Su-Chuan (林素娟). The book was published in November 2021. Additional information about the publication is available here.
About the book: This book investigates the key role of symbolism in self-cultivation and moral education in the context of nature and bodily senses. Through detailed analysis of symbols in the etiquette of Qin and Han China, this book illustrates the inseparable relationship between symbolism and self-construction, transformation of body and mind, the definition of human-self relationship, and the order of ethics. “Symbol” not only reflects the landscapes and things, but also reflects the cultural psychology and physical experience formed by different local knowledge. The practice of self-cultivation and morality is also in the process of interpreting nature and regulating human sentiments through symbols.
The book series, published by National Taiwan University Press, is a collaboration between the Harvard-Yenching Institute and the College of Liberal Arts of National Taiwan University. The Series publishes scholarly monographs in Chinese which make a major original contribution to the humanities and social sciences. Interdisciplinary studies are especially welcome. Submissions are encouraged from all Chinese-speaking regions and beyond. For more information about the NTU-HYI series, please visit the NTU Press website.