Bucknell Review

Articles from Vol. 47, No. 2, June

Blurring Distinctions: Autobiography and Identity in Bruce Chatwin's the Songlines
MANY commentators on The Songlines (1987) have expressed reservations about the disparity between the book's ambitious intellectual aims and its form as a travel narrative. Unlike most travel writing, The Songlines has a thesis--that all humans are...
Finding Inspiration in the Far East: The Two Different Best Possible Worlds of Leibniz
WHEN Voltaire gleefully pokes fun at the outrageously naive optimism of Dr. Pangloss in Candide, the target of his unsparing laughter is not so much an inept fictional character as one well-recognized major European religious and philosophical tradition...
Hmong in Transition
IN 1989, met a Hmong family from Fresno, California who told me that there were half a million refugees from the Indochina wars in camps in Thailand and that over one hundred thousand Hmong had fled from Laos. I was surprised by the number of refugees...
Introduction
IT is now a commonplace observation that our globalized economy and digitized technology have made the distant areas of the world interdependent and in some ways more familiar and accessible to one another. The purpose of the eight essays in this issue...
New Perspectives of the Jesuits and Science in China: 1600-1800
Narrative accounts of the history of science worldwide from 1500-1800 have, until recently, been portrayed mainly through European frames of reference, even when comparative themes are stressed. Hence, the contested nature of the interaction since...
The Body of the Saracen Princess in la Belle Helene De Constantinople
THE French chansons de geste tell of battles between East and West, and frequently love complicates war when Oriental princesses fall in love with captive Christian knights. The enamored Saracen princess is a recurrent figure in the chansons de geste...
The Falun Gong: A Virtual Meeting of East and West
AN underlying assumption of Enlightenment thought is that modernization, including scientific progress and technological superiority, goes hand in hand with secularization. In this view, which has carried through postmodern times, modernization leads...
Wisselwerkingen Redux: Ceramics, Asia, and the Netherlands
EVER since the seventeenth century, the Dutch have found enduring fascination in the ceramic wares of Asia. This interest presents an especially long-lived and dynamic example in the visual arts of the Low Countries' function as a crossroads of cultures....
Zero and One: Toward a Buddhist-Jewish Interfaith Dialogue
The task of this essay is to continue the interfaith dialogue between Buddhism and Judaism that was initiated by such noted thinkers as Martin Buber and Masao Abe, among others. Yet, before we begin this task, we must ask two preliminary questions....