Metaphors of Mindlessness

Eric Reinders

in Borrowed Gods and Foreign Bodies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780520241718
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520931084 | DOI:
Metaphors of Mindlessness

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This chapter shows how Chinese people were represented by Western missionaries as mindless and “body-ful”. It explains that this attitude of missionaries toward the foreign mind appears in various metaphors of mindlessness which pervade the earlier-nineteenth-century reportage on China. It mentions that the Chinese were also sometimes viewed as a dense homogenous mass of bodies, as unemotional and unimaginative and as liars with no higher moral conscience.

Keywords: Chinese people; Western missionaries; mindlessness; foreign mind; China; moral conscience

Chapter.  9988 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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