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Eugenio Menegon Won 2011 Joseph Levenson Book Prize - Pre-1900 Category 梅欧金获美国亚洲研究列文森奖(1900年前部分)

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China and Inner Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies

 

Winner获奖者:

Eugenio Menegon 梅欧金

 

Ancestors, Virgins, and Friars: Christianity as a Local religion in late Imperial China,

 Harvard University Asia Center, 2010.

《祖先、贞女和修道士:中华帝国晚期作为本土宗教的基督教》

哈佛大学亚洲中心:2010年版。

 

 

See: http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?recid=29668

      

      Detail of the Prize:

       Eugenio Menegon’s book is a ground-breaking study of the ways in which Christianity became a local religion in late imperial China. Utilizing materials in Chinese, Japanese, Latin, Spanish, French, German, English, and Italian, Menegon is able to tease this local story out of sources both hostile to Christianity (Chinese government sources like criminal confessions, elite writings etc.) and supportive of it (missionary reports, pamphlets, accounts by Christian families etc.). Menegon’s marshals this stunning range of sources to paint an amazingly rich and nuanced portrait of an indigenous Christian community in Fuan, Fujian, and to explain how it managed to endure for over four centuries. This is an impressive account – as he puts it – of the “transformation of a global religion into a local one.”

 

     Menegon also succeeds in providing a superb and detailed account of the complexities of social and religious life in late imperial China. Menegon is a master of the historical narrative, and the book is beautifully written. In short, the committee salutes the cosmopolitan sweep of Menegon’s research, his impressive powers of historical analysis, and his compelling storytelling skills. We are honored to award the book this year’s Pre-1900 Joseph Levenson Prize.

  

    The AAS China and Inner Asia Council offers two Joseph Levenson Prizes for nonfiction scholarly books on China published in 2009.

 

     The Merlin Foundation, established by the late Audrey Sheldon, has provided for the two awards, one for works whose main focus is on China before 1900 and the other for works on post-1900 China.

 

    The prizes are awarded to the English-language books that make the greatest contribution to increasing understanding of the history, culture, society, politics, or economy of China. Works in all disciplines and in all periods of Chinese history are eligible, but anthologies, edited works, and pamphlets are not considered. In keeping with the broad scholarly interests of the intellectual historian of China at the University of California, Berkeley, the late Joseph Levenson, special consideration will be given to books that, through comparative insights or groundbreaking research, promote the relevance of scholarship on China to the wider world of intellectual discourse.

     

      Description (cover): 
       Christianity is often praised as an agent of Chinese modernization or damned as a form of cultural and religious imperialism. In both cases, Christianity’s foreignness and the social isolation of converts have dominated this debate. This book aims to uncover another story. In the sixteenth century, European missionaries brought a foreign and global religion to China. Converts then transformed this new religion into a local one.

         Focusing on the still-active Catholic communities of Fuan county in northeast Fujian, this project addresses three main questions. Why did people convert? How did converts and missionaries transform a global and foreign religion into a local religion? What does Christianity’s localization in Fuan tell us about the relationship between late imperial Chinese society and religion?

      The study’s implications extend beyond the issue of Christianity in China to the wider fields of religious and social history and the early modern history of global intercultural relations. The book suggests that Christianity became part of a pre-existing pluralistic, local religious space and, the author argues, that we underestimate late imperial society’s tolerance for “heterodoxy.” The view from Fuan offers an original account of how a locality created its own religious culture in Ming-Qing China.

      Publishing Information:

      Cambridge / London: Harvard University Press, 2009, 450 pp.
       Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series, vol. 69
       Hardcover edition ISBN 13:
978-0-674-03596-6 / ISBN 10:
0-674-03596-8 ($49.95 / £36.95 / Euro 45.00) http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog/MENANC.html

 

        Short table of contents:
      ch. 1 – Fuan Literati, Jesuits, and Spanish Friars, pp. 17-58
      ch. 2 – Becoming Local: Conflict with Gods and Ancestors, 1634-1645, pp. 59-91
      ch. 3 – The Golden Age of Opportunity, 1645-1723, pp. 92-115
      ch. 4 – Suppression and Persistence, 1723-1840s, pp. 116-153
      ch. 5 – The Christians of Fuan, pp. 154-205
      ch. 6 – Christian Religious Fellowship in Mindong: Priests, Rituals, and Lay Institutions, pp. 206-259
      ch. 7 – Filial Piety, Ancestral Rituals, and Salvation, pp. 260-300
      ch. 8 – Virginity, Chastity, and Sex, pp. 301-356
      Conclusion: Ruptures: Fuan After the Opium War, pp. 357-373
      Reference Matter, pp. 377-450 (Notes, Bibliography, Index)


 

 

 

 

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