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Reading for the Moral
Reading for the Moral (May 2018)
Exemplarity and the Confucian Moral Imagination in Seventeenth-Century Chinese Short Fiction
Maria Franca Sibau - Author

Reassesses didacticism in seventeenth-century Chinese vernacular fiction and challenges the view that the late Ming was a notoriously immoral time.

Reading for the Moral offers an innovative reassessment of the nature of moral representation and exemplarity in Chinese vernacular fiction. Maria Franca Sibau focuses on two little-studied story collections published at the end of the Ming dynasty, Exemplary Words for the W...(Read More)
 
 
Intimate Memory
Intimate Memory (April 2018)
Gender and Mourning in Late Imperial China
Martin W. Huang - Author

Sheds new light on pre-modern Chinese gender relationships in the context of marriage, male Confucian literati self-presentation, and social networks.

In the first study of its kind about the role played by intimate memory in the mourning literature of late imperial China, Martin W. Huang focuses on the question of how men mourned and wrote about women to whom they were closely related. Drawing upon memoirs, epitaphs, biographie...(Read More)
 
 
Having a Word with Angus Graham
Having a Word with Angus Graham (March 2018)
At Twenty-Five Years into His Immortality
Carine Defoort - Editor
Roger T. Ames - Editor

Critical reflections on the work of Angus Charles Graham, renowned Western scholar of Chinese philosophy and sinology.

This volume engages with the works and ideas of Angus Charles Graham (1919–1991), one of the most prominent Western scholars of Chinese philosophy, at the twenty-fifth anniversary of his passing. Over a professional career of more than thirty years, Angus Graham produced an impressive amount of scholarshi...(Read More)
 
 
Journey of a Goddess
Journey of a Goddess (December 2017)
Chen Jinggu Subdues the Snake Demon
Fan Pen Li Chen - Translated, edited, and with an introduction by

First English translation of both a novel and two play excerpts based on tales of the goddess Chen Jinggu, an eighth-century shaman and present-day cult deity.

This book offers the first translation into English of the Chinese novel Haiyouji, as well as excerpts of a marionette play based on the cult lore of the goddess Chen Jinggu (766–790), a historical shaman priestess who became one of Fujian’s most import...(Read More)
 
 
Between History and Philosophy
Between History and Philosophy (September 2017)
Anecdotes in Early China
Paul van Els - Editor
Sarah A. Queen - Editor

Analyzes the use of anecdotes as an essential rhetorical tool and form of persuasion in various literary genres in early China.

Between History and Philosophy is the first book-length study in English to focus on the rhetorical functions and forms of anecdotal narratives in early China. Edited by Paul van Els and Sarah A. Queen, this volume advances the thesis that anecdotes—brief, freestanding acc...(Read More)
 
 
Expressing the Heart's Intent
Expressing the Heart's Intent (September 2017)
Explorations in Chinese Aesthetics
Marthe Atwater Chandler - Author

Using Li Zehou’s theories of aesthetics, argues for the importance of the arts to philosophy.

In this wide-ranging examination of the concept of zhi (“the heart’s intent”) as the foundation of Chinese aesthetics, Marthe Atwater Chandler places traditional Chinese aesthetics in conversation with contemporary Chinese theory and traditional western philosophy. Poetry, music, painting, ...(Read More)
 
 
Military Thought in Early China
Military Thought in Early China (June 2017)
Christopher C. Rand - Author

Provides a systematic and comprehensive survey of writings on military philosophy in early China.

This study of the philosophy of war in early China examines the recurring debate, from antiquity through the Western Han period (202 BCE–8 CE), about how to achieve a proper balance between martial (wu) force and civil (wen) governance in the pursuit of a peaceful state. Rather than focusing solel...(Read More)
 
 
Marionette Plays from Northern China
Marionette Plays from Northern China (April 2017)
Fan Pen Li Chen - Translated, edited, and with an introduction by

English-language translations of traditional plays from the marionette puppet theater of northern China.

Marionette puppet theater has a rich and ancient history in China, extending back to the Han dynasty and reaching its heyday in the Qing dynasty. While this art form is nearly extinct in northern China today, a handful of troupes in Heyang County in Shaanxi Province, which claims to be the birthplace of m...(Read More)
 
 
The Rhetoric of Hiddenness in Traditional Chinese Culture
The Rhetoric of Hiddenness in Traditional Chinese Culture (December 2016)
Paula M. Varsano - Editor

Considers the role of hiddenness in the history of cultural production in premodern China.

This volume brings together fourteen essays that explore the role of hiddenness—as both an object and a mode of representation—in the history of cultural production in China from the Warring States Period (403–221 BCE) to the end of the Qing Dynasty (1911) and beyond. The rhetorical use of various forms o...(Read More)
 
 
The Commentarial Transformation of the Spring and Autumn
The Commentarial Transformation of the Spring and Autumn (December 2016)
Newell Ann Van Auken - Author

Shows how the text evolved from a non-narrative historical record into a Confucian classic.

The Spring and Autumn is among the earliest surviving Chinese historical records, covering the period 722–479 BCE. It is a curious text: the canonical interpretation claims that it was composed by Confucius and embodies his moral judgments, but this view appears to be contradicted by the brief and dispa...(Read More)
 
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