“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

Revolution of the Heart A Genealogy of Love in China, 1900-1950 (lit. )

Non-fiction by Haiyan Lee.

Publisher's info:
This book is an engagingly written critical genealogy of the idea of "love" in modern Chinese literature, thought, and popular culture. It examines a wide range of texts, including literary, historical, philosophical, anthropological, and popular cultural genres from the late imperial period to the beginning of the socialist era. It traces the process by which love became an all-pervasive subject of representation and discourse, as well as a common language in which modern notions of self, gender, family, sexuality, and nation were imagined and contested.

Winner of the Association for Asian Studies 2009 Joseph Levenson Book Prize for the best English-language academic book on post-1900 China