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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 of hiddenness make...(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)
 
 
Engaged Emancipation
Engaged Emancipation (December 2015)
Mind, Morals, and Make-Believe in the Moksopaya (Yogavasistha)
Christopher Key Chapple - Editor
Arindam Chakrabarti - Editor

A wide-ranging analysis of the Mokṣopāya, the Indian literary classic that teaches through storytelling how to enjoy an active, successful, worldly life in a spiritually enlightened way.

In the Mokṣopāya (also known as the Yogavāsiṣṭha), an eleventh-century Sanskrit poetic text, the great Vedic philosopher Vasiṣṭha counsels his young p...(Read More)
 
 
The Shaman and the Heresiarch
The Shaman and the Heresiarch (September 2012)
A New Interpretation of the Li sao
Gopal Sukhu - Author


The first book-length study in English of the Chinese classic, the Li sao (Encountering Sorrow). Includes translations of the Li sao and the Nine Songs.

The Li sao (also known as Encountering Sorrow), attributed to the poet-statesman Qu Yuan (4th–3rd century BCE), is one of the cornerstones of the Chinese poetic tradition. It has lon...(Read More)
 
 
History, Narrative, and Testimony in Amitav Ghosh's Fiction
History, Narrative, and Testimony in Amitav Ghosh's Fiction (April 2012)
Chitra Sankaran - Editor

Comprehensive overview of the work of Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh.

This is the first collection of international scholarship on the fiction of Amitav Ghosh. Ghosh’s work is read by a wide audience and is well regarded by general readers, critics, and scholars throughout the world. Born in India, Ghosh has lived in India, the United Kingdom, and the United States. His work spans genres from contemporary re...(Read More)
 
 
Nagai Kafu's Occidentalism
Nagai Kafu's Occidentalism (November 2011)
Defining the Japanese Self
Rachael Hutchinson - Author

Describes how writer Nagai Kafū (1879–1959) used his experience of the West to reconcile modernization and Japanese identity.

Nagai Kafū (1879–1959) spent more time abroad than any other writer of his generation, firing the Japanese imagination with his visions of America and France. Applying the theoretical framework of Occidentalism to Japanese literature, Rachael Hutchinson explor...(Read More)
 
 
Kama's Flowers
Kama's Flowers (September 2011)
Nature in Hindi Poetry and Criticism, 1885-1925
Valerie Ritter - Author

Explores the transformation of Hindi poetry as it reflects a changing society during the period from 1885 to 1925.

Kāma’s Flowers documents the transformation of Hindi poetry during the crucial period of 1885–1925. As Hindi was becoming a national language and Indian nationalism was emerging, Hindi authors articulated a North Indian version of modernity by reenvisioning nature. While t...(Read More)
 
 
Colonizing the Realm of Words
Colonizing the Realm of Words (September 2010)
The Transformation of Tamil Literature in Nineteenth-Century South India
Sascha Ebeling - Author

Details the transformation of Tamil literary culture that came with colonialism and the encounter with Western modernity.

A true tour de force, this book documents the transformation of one Indian literature, Tamil, under the impact of colonialism and Western modernity. While Tamil is a living language, it is also India’s second oldest classical language next to Sanskrit, and has a literary history that g...(Read More)
 
 
Interpretation and Literature in Early Medieval China
Interpretation and Literature in Early Medieval China (July 2010)
Alan K. L. Chan - Editor
Yuet-Keung Lo - Editor

Explores the new literary and interpretive milieu that emerged in the years following the decline of China’s Han dynasty.

Covering a time of great intellectual ferment and great influence on what was to come, this book explores the literary and hermeneutic world of early medieval China. In addition to profound political changes, the fall of the Han dynasty allowed new currents in aesthetics, literature, i...(Read More)
 
 
Siva's Demon Devotee
Siva's Demon Devotee (April 2010)
Karaikkal Ammaiyar
Elaine Craddock - Author

An exploration and translation of the work of Hindu poet-saint Kāraikkāl Ammaiyār.

The Hindu poet-saint Kāraikkāl Ammaiyār describes herself as a demon, accompanying the god Śiva as he dances in the cremation grounds. She is believed to be the first to write devotional poetry to Śiva in the Tamil language and is considered the first of the sixty-three...(Read More)
 
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