Article ID: CBB000850066

A Bug's Life: Change and Transformation in Early Modern China (2007)

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Chanting wasps and shape-shifting worms were all in a day's work for sixteenth-century Chinese naturalists such as Li Shizhen (1518–1593). In an effort to understand the metamorphoses of both nature and the human body, he and other early modern Chinese scholars looked towards tiny creatures like roundworms, lice and demon bugs. For them, such animals could reveal the most intimate secrets of the universe.

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Description On the 16th-century Chinese naturalist Li Shizhen and others.


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Authors & Contributors
Nappi, Carla Suzan
Needham, Joseph
Huang, H. T.
Ramón-Laca, L.
Perez, Vicente
Smith, Pamela H.
Journals
Nei Menggu Shifan Daxue Xuebao (Ziran Kexue Ban)
Archives of Natural History
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
Zhongguo Keji Shiliao (China Historical Materials of Science and Technology)
Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity
Ziran Kexueshi Yanjiu (Studies in the History of Natural Sciences)
Publishers
Cambridge University Press
Universidad de Magallanes
Curzon
University of Minnesota Press
Harvard University Press
Columbia University
Concepts
Natural history
East Asia, civilization and culture
Biology
Insects
Materia medica
Scientific illustration
People
Li, Shizhen
Needham, Joseph
de l'Ecluse, Charles
Imanishi, Kinji
Hoefnagel, Joris
Aristotle
Places
China
Japan
Chile
Netherlands
Times
16th century
17th century
Ming dynasty (China, 1368-1644)
Renaissance
18th century
Ancient
Institutions
Jesuits (Society of Jesus)
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