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Expressing the Heart's Intent: Explorations in Chinese Aesthetics by Marthe Atwater Chandler (review)

Expressing the Heart's Intent: Explorations in Chinese Aesthetics by Marthe Atwater Chandler... BOOK REVIEW Expressing the Heart’s Intent: Explorations in Chinese Aesthetics. By Marthe Atwater Chandler. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2017. Pp. xv + 267. Hardcover $90.00, ISBN 978-1-4384-6657-6. Reviewed by James Garrison Baldwin Wallace University jgarriso@bw.edu Upon completing Marthe Atwater Chandler’s Expressing the Heart’s Intent: Explorations in Chinese Aesthetics I am struck by how much can be gleaned retroactively from the title. At the outset the title indeed made me somewhat wary, having seen how on many occasions Chinese philosophical terms become mangled in English-language translation in ways that unnecessarily import, either implicitly or explicitly, misleading conceptual frameworks. Words like “expressing,” “heart,” and “intent” all triggered various suspicions on my part. Fortunately, these suspicions were quickly addressed, as Chandler advances an adept reading of the shi yan zhi 詩言志 conceit so central to Chinese aesthetics since its introduction in the Shujing 書經, anticipating and defusing objections like mine. However, as the book continued I found that my early delight waned a bit as her strong insights and analysis continued to unfold within a loose, meandering presentation. Looking back, “Explorations” seems to be the most crucial word from the title. This is not to say that there is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Expressing the Heart's Intent: Explorations in Chinese Aesthetics by Marthe Atwater Chandler (review)

Philosophy East and West , Volume 70 (3) – Jul 3, 2020

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BOOK REVIEW Expressing the Heart’s Intent: Explorations in Chinese Aesthetics. By Marthe Atwater Chandler. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2017. Pp. xv + 267. Hardcover $90.00, ISBN 978-1-4384-6657-6. Reviewed by James Garrison Baldwin Wallace University jgarriso@bw.edu Upon completing Marthe Atwater Chandler’s Expressing the Heart’s Intent: Explorations in Chinese Aesthetics I am struck by how much can be gleaned retroactively from the title. At the outset the title indeed made me somewhat wary, having seen how on many occasions Chinese philosophical terms become mangled in English-language translation in ways that unnecessarily import, either implicitly or explicitly, misleading conceptual frameworks. Words like “expressing,” “heart,” and “intent” all triggered various suspicions on my part. Fortunately, these suspicions were quickly addressed, as Chandler advances an adept reading of the shi yan zhi 詩言志 conceit so central to Chinese aesthetics since its introduction in the Shujing 書經, anticipating and defusing objections like mine. However, as the book continued I found that my early delight waned a bit as her strong insights and analysis continued to unfold within a loose, meandering presentation. Looking back, “Explorations” seems to be the most crucial word from the title. This is not to say that there is

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Published: Jul 3, 2020

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