"Slug," Nagasawa Rosetsu (長沢芦雪, Japanese painter of the Maruyama School, 1754–1799) , 18th-century (Edo period)

The Spatiality of Emotion

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"Slug," Nagasawa Rosetsu (Japanese painter of the Maruyama School, 1754–1799), 18th-century (Edo period)
“Slug," Nagasawa Rosetsu (Japanese painter of the Maruyama School, 1754–1799), 18th-century (Edo period)

The root word for emotion in classical Chinese, qing 情, is the same word for reality, situation, or circumstance. Thus in the same word the subjective and the objective are yoked together and the odd marriage has perdured into the present day, with ganqing 感情, aiqing 愛情, and qingxu 情緒 still cohabiting with qingkuang 情況, qingxing 情形, and shiqing 事情.

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— from a review by  Haiyan Lee

Lam relocates the locus of emotion away from the ego in what he calls “emotion-realms,” which is his preferred translation of qingjing 情景 (whereas “landscape” carries a post-Enlightenment connotation of unspoiled nature). “In its exteriority,” he writes somewhat cryptically, “emotion is the structure of space as an ontological condition without which we cannot even be outside in the world getting along with one another” (5). Having spatialized, decentered, and indeed socialized emotion (or, shall we say, having scattered emotion to the winds), Lam constructs a genealogy of emotion-realms that accounts for both the sea changes as well as the eddies and flows of historical processes that gave rise to theatricality.

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