Research Project


Freedom, Fate and Free Will in Discourses on Chinese Tragedies

Prof. Dr. Natascha Gentz

As in theories of tragedies in the West, the concepts of “freedom”, “fate” and “free will” figure prominently in the pre-modern and modern discourses on Chinese tragedies. Rather than answering the still contested and debatable question whether China’s literary heritage has produced genuine tragedies at all, the project aims to explore the cultural, philosophical and literary debates about these concepts in relation to Chinese tragedies as well as trace the reception routes and processes of European understanding of these elements of tragedies through translations and publications in the late 19th and early 20th century.

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