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The Heir and the Sage, Revised and Expanded Edition
Dynastic Legend in Early China
The Heir and the Sage, Revised and Expanded Edition
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Sarah Allan - Author
SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture
Price: $80.00 
Hardcover - 218 pages
Release Date: October 2016
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-6225-7

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Paperback - 218 pages
Release Date: July 2017
ISBN10: N/A
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-6224-0

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A comprehensive analysis of the transformations of ancient history in early Chinese texts.

This book presents a comprehensive analysis of the accounts of change of rule in Chinese texts from 600 to 100 BC, including the core philosophical works of the Chinese tradition attributed to Confucius, Mozi, Mencius, Xunzi, Hanfeizi, and Zhuangzi. Drawing from the early structuralism of Claude Lévi-Strauss, Sarah Allan demonstrates that similar motifs repeat in every period, and argues that they serve, like myth, to mediate the inherent social conflict between kinship relations and that of the larger community. This conflict is embodied in the idea of a dynastic cycle, founded by a virtuous sage king and passed down hereditarily until a last evil ruler is again replaced, and played out at regular intervals in legends of kings and ministers, heirs and sages, ministers and recluses, regents and rebels. Each philosophical text transforms the legends in a systematic manner to reflect its own understanding of the patterns of history that inform the present.

In this revised and expanded edition, Allan has added translations and original Chinese texts, as well as a new introduction further analyzing structuralism and discussing how the book remains relevant to ongoing sinological arguments. An earlier article by Allan, with supporting evidence for this book’s thesis, is included as an appendix.

Sarah Allan is Burlington Northern Foundation Professor of Asian Studies in Honor of Richard M. Bressler at Dartmouth College. She is the author of Buried Ideas: Legends of Abdication and Ideal Government in Early Chinese Bamboo-Slip Manuscripts; The Way of Water and Sprouts of Virtue; and The Shape of the Turtle: Myth, Art, and Cosmos in Early China, all published by SUNY Press.


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Table of Contents

Preface To The Revised and Expanded Edition
Acknowledgments
Preface to the Original Edition
Introduction

1. Problem and Theory

2. Legend Set 1: Tang Yao to Yú Shun

3. Legend Sets 2 and 3: Yú Shun to Xia Yu and the Foundation of the Xia Dynasty

4. Legend Set 4: The Foundation of the Shang Dynasty

5. Legend Set 5: The Foundation of the Zhou Dynasty

6. The Philosophers

7. Conclusion

Appendix 1
Charts

Appendix 2
The Identities of Taigong Wang in Zhou and Han Literature

Bibliography
Index of Chinese Names, Places, and Important Terms


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