Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies ›› 2023, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (2): 97-105.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2023.02.009

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Pursuing the Great Harmony in Aesthetic Appreciation: Foreign Literature Education and Chinese National Consciousness Cultivation

LI Yun(), ZHOU Pingdi()   

  • Online:2023-04-28 Published:2023-06-01


How can foreign literature education impose the cultivation of Chinese national consciousness? Will it endanger literary autonomy, academic independence, and the development of foreign language disciplines? These doubts are probably the underlying reasons for the silence of the foreign literary community on the issue of national consciousness. However, we should realize that the Western autonomy theory arises because its limited national consciousness limits the ideal of literature to the vast. Chinese national consciousness, on the contrary, contains the consciousness of human community and seeks the Great Harmony of the world, which is consistent with the infinity of the literary ideal. In this regard, foreign literature teaching naturally includes the cultivation of Chinese national consciousness, because it stimulates the aesthetic sensus communis and promotes the dialogue between aesthetic and ethical ideals, searching for the ethical foundation of the future human community. In short, it seeks the Great Harmony in aesthetic appreciation.

Key words: Aesthetic, the Great Harmony, foreign literature, Chinese national consciousness

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