In Music, Cosmology, and the Politics of Harmony in Early China, Erica Fox Brindley shines light on the realm of intellectual and political discourse in early China by demonstrating how discussions about music were used by the state and the educated elite to promote their political, religious, and cultural agendas. Music and its supplementary notions of harmony and balance have played a central role in Chinese philosophical and religious literature, and Brindley's new study is a notable contribution to our understanding of the ways in which music and its associated metaphors were utilized by different agents as devices of rhetorical persuasion. According to the author, the subject and ultimate goal of this study are not to reconstruct early Chinese musical theories or actual performances but to discover how early Chinese thought theorizes about music. In other words, the book “narrates a history of idealized representations of music and its...

You do not currently have access to this content.