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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Scott Pearce: "A King’s Two Bodies: The Northern Wei Emperor Wencheng and Representations of the Power of His Monarchy"


This article examines the various ways in which the Northern Wei emperor Wenchengdi (440–465; r. 452–465) was portrayed to his subjects. As is the case with many monarchs in many countries, he played different parts before different groups. For his soldiers, he was represented as a great hunter and marksman; to farmers in the lowlands, as a caring protector and benefactor; to potentially rebellious groups on the periphery, as a strong and steady observer of their actions. At the same time, it was in his reign that the Northern Wei court began efforts to use Buddhism as an overarching way to justify rule to all within the realm, by initiating construction of the famous cave-temples at Yungang, where “Buddhas became emperors and emperors Buddhas.” The spectacles through which Wenchengdi was portrayed are contextualized by a parallel examination of the very difficult life of the person behind the pomp and circumstance.

Published in Frontiers of History in China, Volume 7 • Number 1 • March 2012.

Monday, October 29, 2012

The Everlasting Empire:The Political Culture of Ancient China and Its Imperial Legacy

《永恆的帝國: 古代中國的政治文化及其遺產》

作者 Author:
Yuri Pines

出版社 Publisher:
Princeton Press

出版年 Publication Year:

內容簡介 Abstract:
Established in 221 BCE, the Chinese empire lasted for 2,132 years before being replaced by the Republic of China in 1912. During its two millennia, the empire endured internal wars, foreign incursions, alien occupations, and devastating rebellions--yet fundamental institutional, sociopolitical, and cultural features of the empire remained intact. The Everlasting Empire traces the roots of the Chinese empire's exceptional longevity and unparalleled political durability, and shows how lessons from the imperial past are relevant for China today.

Yuri Pines demonstrates that the empire survived and adjusted to a variety of domestic and external challenges through a peculiar combination of rigid ideological premises and their flexible implementation. The empire's major political actors and neighbors shared its fundamental ideological principles, such as unity under a single monarch--hence, even the empire's strongest domestic and foreign foes adopted the system of imperial rule. Yet details of this rule were constantly negotiated and adjusted. Pines shows how deep tensions between political actors including the emperor, the literati, local elites, and rebellious commoners actually enabled the empire's basic institutional framework to remain critically vital and adaptable to ever-changing sociopolitical circumstances. As contemporary China moves toward a new period of prosperity and power in the twenty-first century, Pines argues that the legacy of the empire may become an increasingly important force in shaping the nation's future trajectory.

目錄 Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments vi i
Introduction 1
Chapter 1: The Ideal of "Great Unity" 11
Chapter 2: The Monarch 44
Chapter 3: The Literati 76
Chapter 4: Local Elite 104
Chapter 5: The People 134
Chapter 6: Imperial Political Culture in the Modern Age 162
Notes 185
Bibliography 209
Index 233

Friday, October 26, 2012

Riding the Wind with Liezi: New Perspectives on the Daoist Classic 《列子》

Ronnie Littlejohn & Jeffrey Dippmann


SUNY Press

Publication Year:



The Liezi is the forgotten classic of Daoism. Along with the Laozi (Daodejing) and the Zhuangzi, it’s been considered a Daoist masterwork since the mid-eighth century, yet unlike those well-read works, the Liezi is little known and receives scant scholarly attention. Nevertheless, the Liezi is an important text that sheds valuable light on the early history of Daoism, particularly the formative period of sectarian Daoism. We do not know exactly what shape the original text took, but what remains is replete with fantastic characters, whimsical tales, paradoxical aphorisms, and philosophically sophisticated reflection on the nature of the world and humanity’s place within it. Ultimately, the Liezi sees the world as one of change and indeterminacy.

Arguing for the Liezi’s historical, philosophical, and literary significance, the contributors to this volume offer a fresh look at this text, using contemporary approaches and providing novel insights. The volume is unique in its attention to both philosophical and religious perspectives.

Table of Content:


Part I The Liezi Text

1. Reading the Liezi: The First Thousand Years

2.The Liezi’s Use of the Lost Zhuangzi

3. Is the Liezi an Encheiridion?

Part II  Interpretive Essays

1.Torches of Chaos and Doubt: Themes of Process and Transformations in the Liezi

2. The That-Beyond-Which of the Pristine Dao: Cosmogony in the Liezi

3.The Theme of Unselfconsciousness in the Liezi

4. Reading the Zhuangzi in Liezi: Redefining Xianship

Part III  Applying the Teachings of the Liezi

1. Body and Identity

2. I, Robot: Self as Machine in the Liezi

3. Dancing with Yinyang: The Art of Emergence

4. How To Fish Like a Daoist

5. When Butterflflies Change into Birds: Life and Death in the Liezi


Thursday, October 25, 2012

《辨古集》・Warring States Papers: Studies in Chinese and Comparative Philology

Alvin P. Cohen, Donald E. Gjertson, and E. Bruce Brooks

Publication Year:

The first volume of the scholarly journal Warring States Papers. Includes leading research from scholars around the world, including Stephen C. Angle, E. Bruce Brooks, A. Taeko Brooks, Scott Cook, Robert Eno, Chris Fraser, Paul Goldin, Dennis Grafflin, Eric Henry, Manyul Im, John V. Lombardi, David Nivison, Dan Robins, Karen Turner, Keith Yoder, and the late Gilbert Mattos. The journal subjects center on classical Sinology, but also include the philological and historical study of texts from other traditions, including classical India and Greece, with special emphasis on the New Testament.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

魯惟一教授九旬大壽 Professor Michael Loewe's 90th birthday!

Professor Michael Loewe's 90th birthday, 2 November

講者 Speaker:

Professor Lisa Raphals (University of California, Riverside)

演講題目 Topic:
"Divination and Mantic Access: Some Texts and Problems."
時間 Time:
Friday 2 November at 3pm
地點 Location: 
Needham Research Institute.

摘要 Abstract:
"Who consulted mantic experts in China and Greece, and why? In this
talk I examine several Chinese and Greek accounts of mantic encounters
and the problems they suggest. I focus on these encounters from two
vantage points: the viewpoint of the consultor (as distinct from the
practitioner), and the specific problem of whether or how gender
affected mantic access."

Monday, October 22, 2012

An Internatio​nal Symposium on Ancient Chinese Architectu​ral History (中國古代建築史國際研討會)

An International Symposium 'Ancient Chinese Architectural History' will
explore different aspects of Chinese architecture. The scholars will test
one's own research work, and discuss various ways and contexts by which
Chinese architectural system have changed or transformed in response to,
or along with, its development. Scholars will share their insights on
challenges and issues facing Chinese architectural history scholarship.
Some of the world's most accomplished academics in the field will be
taking part in the symposium.

時間 Time:
Saturday, Oct. 27, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Japanese Room)
Sunday, Oct. 28, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Japanese Room)

地點 Location:
Faculty of Architecture Building Planning, University of Melbourne

議程 Conference Agenda:

Saturday, October 27

10:00 a.m. |
Liu Chang (Tsinghua University) - 'Carpentry Module Design: Leiyinguo
Hall of Congming Temple in Gaoping, Shanxi'

Heng Chye Kiang (Singapore National University) - Reconstruction of
Residential Wards in Tang Chang'an based on a Theoretical Ward
Categorization System

Three representative wards are selected for digital reconstruction. Beyond
the general structure of the road networks, all three wards are subdivided
into smaller land plots according to the estimated population density of
the size group they belong to. These wards are then populated with
compounds of different types and sizes depending on their owners' social
status found in historical records.

Bao Muping (Tokyo University) - Wooden Buddhist Temples in Kalakorum
during the Mongol Empire and post-Mongol Empire

Built in1586 on the ruined site of Karakorum, the old capital of Mongol
Empire, Erdene Zuu monastery was the first Tibetan Buddhist temple in
northern Mongol. Based on the spatial format of both the exterior and
interior design and the Yuan inscriptions, the author discusses the
uniqueness of Erdene Zuu. Through comparison, the paper reveals the
tradition of Buddhist architecture of Karakorum remained influential in
the sixteenth century.

1:00 p.m. | Lunch

2:00 p.m.
He Congrong (Tsinghua University) - Discussions on Chahua Tower of
Chong'an Temple in Lingchuan

The West Chahua Tower of Chong'an Temple in Lingchuan, Shanxi, is
multistoried pavilion type, dated back to the Yuan dynasty. This paper
tries to analyze and evaluate the structure, the timber construction, and
the evolution of the appearance of the unique West Chahua Tower by ways of
architectural mapping and survey, interpretation and analysis of
inscriptions on tablets, and studies of documents.

Bai Ying (Southeast University) - Transformation of Gyeonghoeru in
Gyeongbokgung of the Joseon under the Feudal System of East Asia

Basing on the recordation of the Book of Gyeonghoeru Pavilion written by
Jeong Haksun, the governor of the rebuilding project of the pavilion in
late period of Joseon, the form of the new Gyeonghoeru pavilion implied a
completed symbolic system, which resembled the Mingtang building of
ancient China. The author considered that from a pavilion for entertaining
the Ming China ambassador to a building with some ritual function, the
transformation of Gyeonghoeru concerned with the feudal system of Ming and
Qing China.

Ao Shiheng (Tsinghua University) - A Preliminary Study on the
Architectural Form and Historical Influence of Precept Platform by Daoxuan
in the Tang Dynasty

In 667, Shi Daoxuan established a precept platform for ordination ceremony
in Jingye Temple in the south of Chang'an. He wrote an article named
Jietantujing (Illustration for the Precept Platform Creating in Guanzhong)
in which he introduced the origin, foundation, meaning and deducing
process of architectural scale of this creation. In a sense of architecture, he brought us a typical
example of design in ancient China. So here is a preliminary architectural
study about the precept platform and Qishuyuan of Master Daoxuan.

Sunday, October 28

9:30 a.m. |
Wang Guixiang (Tsinghua University) - General Survey: Buddhist
Architecture of the Sui-Tang Times

581 - 907 is the most important period of Chinese Buddhism and Buddhist
temple construction. There were 3792 Buddhist temples in Sui dynasty and
5358 Buddhist temples in the high Tang dynasty. The Buddhist temple in
Tang dynasty had become finalizing in planning. The two sutras of "Zhi
Huan Temple Plan" and "Jie Tan Temple Plan" that Tang monk Dao Xuan wrote
had described the standard plan of Tang period Buddhist temple.

Qinghua Guo (University of Melbourne) - Types and Functions of Qin Roof
Tiles (677B.C. - A.D.215)

This paper discusses types and function of architectural terracottas in
the Warring States period with particular reference to the Qin roof tiles.
The intention is to raise questions emerged from observations and discuss
problems. The principle method of the study is comparison within the
materials and cross-referencing relevant materials. This study is
presented as a first step in the process of undersanding roof tiles in the
early historical period.

Puay-peng Ho (Hong Kang Chinese University) - The Four Exquisites under
Heaven: How Monastic Architecture are Appreciated in the Tang

Four monasteries were described as the Four Exquisites under Heaven by
Tang dynasty prime minister and geographer Li Jifu (758-814) in his
writing 'Shi Dao tu'. The work is now lost but the description of the Four
Exquisites had been used in many literature on these four monasteries.
While the reason why these four monasteries were picked as a group, it is
not difficult to see the various narrations of the Four Exquisites by
subsequent authors. This paper will present aesthetic idea and
architecture narration of traditional China and will explore the interface
of text and imagery. It will also look at the monastery as a living
organism within the historical development, thus meaning changed
throughout the time.

12:30 p.m. | Lunch

1:30 p.m.
Eduard Koegel (Technische Universität Berlin) - The Early Protection of
Ancient Monuments in China: Ernst Boerschmann, Teng Gu and Liang Sicheng

Ernst Boerschmann's research in Chinese architecture began in 1902 and
ended with his death in 1949. He also advocated the preservation of
ancient monuments in China. 1933 - 1935, Ernst met twice with Liang
Sicheng and Zhu Qiqian. His best connection was with Teng Gu, a
Nanjing-based art historian with a doctoral degree from Berlin University.
In 1934, Boerschmann contributed to establishing a working group for
monument preservation in China, worked on two proposals: Sarira Pagoda in
Xi'an and tomb of Xiao Xiu in Nanjing.

Huichuan Wang (University of Melbourne) - Depiction Methods of Storeyed
Buildings in Jin-Yuan Mural Paintings

This study discusses the depiction methods used in the Lou architectural
paintings of Yongle gong and Yanshan si, two most important architectural
paintings depicted in the 12th and 14th century respectively. This study
is an empirical graphic investigation about principles and

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

[Dissertation] Nothingness, Being, and Dao: Ontology and Cosmology in the Zhuangzi


David Chai

答辯時間 Defended:
February 2012

學校 Institution:
University of Toronto, Canada (Dept. of East Asian Studies)

指導教授 Supervisor:
Vincent Shen

摘要 Abstract:

The following dissertation is a philosophical exploration of the cosmology of the Zhuangzi, arguing it is meontological due to the prominence afforded the Chinese word wu無; rendered as both nothingness and nonbeing. It puts forth the argument that the
Zhuangzi’s cosmology creates a relationship whereby nonbeing and being are intertwined under the purview of Dao 道;. As a result, the text’s axiology is unique in that it states cosmological freedom is attainable via uniting with primal nothingness.

Chapter one seeks to disprove the notion that nonbeing cannot be anything but a
transcendental other by arguing that Dao is a negatively creative source that simultaneously gives birth to nonbeing and being, making it impossible for nonbeing to be nihilistic or seen as an absolute void.

Chapter two delves into the manifestation of things and how the sage, as an epitome of the naturalness of Dao, follows the becoming and returning of things to the One, darkening himself in nothingness in order to cultivate his life.

Chapter three poses the question of whether or not the ontological movement of things is temporal and how temporality can even be possible considering the meontological nature of the universe.

The next two chapters focus on the arts of useful uselessness and forgetting, the two principal means by which the sage achieves harmony with the oneness of things.

Chapter six concludes by arguing that freedom attained by perfecting the arts of uselessness and forgetfulness is not rooted in ethical virtue but is the pinnacle of one’s cosmological relationship with Dao and is embodied in the act of carefree wandering. Zhuangzi’s cosmology is thus rooted in the life force of nothingness and doing away with ontic distinctions so as to return to natural equanimity and stillness of spirit.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sources of Shang History: New Discoveries and Advances in Chinese Archaeology and Paleography

A Symposium in Honor of the Eightieth Birthday of David Keightley

地點 Venue:
UC Berkeley

時間 Time:
Friday, October 26, 1:00 pm

This symposium celebrates the publication of Professor Emeritus David Keightley's Working for His Majesty by the Institute of East Asian Studies Publications. This symposium showcases recent work on oracle-bone inscriptions, the field to which Professor Keightley has contributed so much. The symposium schedule is listed below. A reception follows the symposium.
Co-sponsor: Center for Chinese Studies

Symposium Schedule:
Keynote Lecture:
Edward Shaughnessy, University of Chicago: David N. Keightley and the Sources of Shang History: Remarks in Celebration of His Eightieth Birthday

Session One: Archaeology and Shang Civilization

Roderick Campbell, New York University: Wu Ding, Shang and the Central Plains Civilization: New Archaeological Work and its Potential

Wang Tao, SOAS: Contents in Context: The Archaeology of Oracle Bones

Session Two: Oracle Bones and Shang History

Adam Schwartz, University of Chicago: Prayer in the Huayuanzhuang Oracle Bone Inscriptions

Adam Smith, University of Pennsylvania: Time in the Huayuanzhuang Dongdi Oracle Bones: Reconstructing the Scheduling of Shang Ritual Activity

Monday, October 15, 2012

[Dissertation] Embodying the Way: Bio-spiritual Practices and Ritual Theories in Early and Medieval China

作者 Author:
Ori Tavor

系所 School: 
University of Pennsylvania, East Asian Languages and Civilization

指導教授 Supervisor:
Paul R. Goldin

摘要 Abstract:

The recent emergence of Ritual Studies as an interdisciplinary academic field has engendered a renewed interest in ritual practices. In Chinese Studies, this has led to a surge in research devoted to the reconstruction of ancient rituals through textual resources. It has also resulted in the examination of contemporary practices through anthropological field work. Painting a clear picture of the rich history of ritual in China entails more than studying ritual practices using modern methodologies, however; it also involves understanding the ritual theories that helped shape them.

My dissertation surveys a variety of texts from the Warring States to the Early Medieval periods that can all be read as attempts to "theorize" ritual. I examine three theories, written by the Confucian philosopher Xunzi, a group of Western Han literati, and the Daoist liturgist Lu Xiujing, against the backdrop of contemporaneous individual self-cultivation practices. I demonstrate that ritual was often depicted as a technology of the body, a technique of self-cultivation that allows man, through the medium of his own body, to assert his influence on the world or even transcend it. By tracing the similarities and transformations in ritual theory over a period of a thousand years, I demonstrate that, despite the evident differences in their sociopolitical and religious agendas, all three ritual theorists shared a common belief in the ultimate efficacy of ritual over the individual self-cultivation techniques advocated by their rivals.

I conclude by situating Chinese ritual theory in the broader context of Ritual Studies and demonstrate how the insights I have obtained open up new ways of thinking about ritual, the body, and the relationship between them. I argue that the distinctive philosophical and cosmological assumptions that surfaced in Early and Medieval China have produced ritual theories that are fundamentally different from their Western counterparts. Distilling a Chinese approach to the theorization of ritual can thus offer alternative solutions to the challenges faced by contemporary scholars, such as the role and meaning of ritual in the modern world.

Early Buddhist Art of China and Central Asia, Vol. 3: The Western Ch'in in Kansu in the Sixteen Kingdoms Period and Inter-relationships with the Buddhist Art of Gandhara

Marylin Martin Rhie


Publication Year:

This book, third in a series on the early Buddhist art of China and Central Asia, centers on Buddhist art from the Western Ch'in (385-431 A.D.) 西秦 in eastern Kansu (northwest China), primarily from the cave temples of Ping-ling ssu 炳靈寺 and Mai-chi shan 麥積山. A detailed chronological and iconographic study of sculptures and wall paintings in Cave 169 at Ping-ling ssu particularly yields a chronological framework for unlocking the difficult issues of dating early fifth century Chinese Buddhist art, and offers some new insights into textual sources in the Lotus, Hua-yen and Amitabha sutras. Further, this study introduces the iconographpy of the five Buddhas and its relation to the art of Gandhara and the famous five colossal T'an-yao caves at Yün-kang.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Inaugural Conference of the Forum on Chinese Poetic Culture Stories of Chinese Poetic Culture: Earliest Times through the Tang


地點 Venue: UIUC

時間 Time: October 19 to October 20, 2012

Friday October 19

9:00 Welcoming Remarks (Zong-qi Cai, University of Illinois)

Panel 1 Poetry and Politics (Chair: Kai-wing Chow, University of Illinois)
9:05 Wai-yee Li (Harvard University), “Poetry and Diplomacy in Zuozhuan”
Discussant: Jianguo Cao (Wuhan University)
9:20 Yu-yu Cheng (National Taiwan University), Gregory
Patterson(Columbia University), “The Discourse of Tianxia in Sima
Xiangru’s fu”
Discussant: Wai-yee Li

Panel 2 Poetry and Institutionalized Learning (Chair: Wai-yee Li)
10:30 Zong-qi Cai (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), “Poetry
and State Ideology: the Canonization of the Book of Poetry during the Han”
Discussant: Jianguo Cao
10:45 Manling Luo (Indiana University, Bloomington), “Poetry and Tang
Civil Service Examinations: Talent, Competition, and Community”
Discussant: Yu-yu Cheng

Panel 3 Poetry and Heroes (Chair: Yu-yu Cheng)
1:15 Xinda Lian (Denison University),“Heroes from Chaotic Times: the
Three Caos”
Discussant: Tsung-Cheng Lin
1:30 Tsung-Cheng Lin (University of Victoria), “Poetry and
Knight-Errantry: Tang Frontier Poems”
Discussant: Kevin Tsai(Indiana University, Bloomington)

Panel 4 Poetry and Literary Coterie (Chair: Chen Yinchi)
2:30 Stephen Owen(Harvard University), “Poetry and Authorship: Chuci”
Presenter and Discussant: Robert Ashmore (University of
California, Berkeley)
2:45 Nanxiu Qian (Rice University), “Poetry and Wei-Jin Xuanxue: Ji Kang
(223-262) and other Worthies of the Bamboo Grove”
Discussant: Xinda Lian
3:00 Ao Wang (Wesleyan University), “Poetry and Literati Friendship: Bai
Juyi and Yuan Zhen”
Discussant: Manling Luo
4:00 Reception at Lucy Ellis Lounge

Saturday October 20

Panel 5 Poetry and Women (Chair: Paula Varsano)
9:00 Olga Lomova (Charles University), “Poetry and Han Ballads: “A
Peacock Flies to the Southeast” and Other Works”
Discussant: Yu-yu Cheng
9:15 Ping Wang (Princeton University), “Beautiful Women and
Historic-Poetic Imagination”
Discussant: Maija Bell Samei
9:30 Maija Bell Samei (Independent Scholar), “Poetry and Women in the
Tang: Women at the Public/Private Divide”
Discussant: Ping Wang

Panel 6 Poetry and Daily Life (Chair: Olga Lomova)
10:45 Alan Berkowitz (Swarthmore College), “Poetry and Reclusion: Tao Qian”
Discussant: Nanxiu Qian
11:00 Paula Varsano (University of California, Berkeley), “Poetry and
Wine- Drinking: Li Bai”
Discussant: Jack Chen

Panel 7 Poetry and Religion (Chair: Robert Ashmore)
1:45 Meow Hui Goh (Ohio State University), “Poetry and the Buddhist
Mind: - the Story of Shen Yue (441-513)”
Discussant: Chen Yinchi
2:00 Chen Yinchi (Fudan University), Jing Chen(University of Illinois),
“Poetry and Buddhist Enlightenment: Wang Wei and Han Shan”
Discussant: Meow Hui Goh

Panel 8 Poetry and Reality/Imagination (Chair: Alan Berkowitz)
3:15 Jack Chen (University of California, Los Angeles), “Poetry,
Historical Witness, and Moral Suasion: Du Fu’s “Three Officers” and “Three
Partings” Poems”
Discussant: Paula Varsano
3:30 Robert Ashmore (University of California, Berkeley), “Poetry and
Morbid Imagination”
Discussant: Alan Berkowitz

4:30 General Discussion
6:00 End of Conference Sessions

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Ironies of Oneness and Difference: Coherence in Early Chinese Thought; Prolegomena to the Study of Li

Brook Ziporyn

SUNY Press

Publication Year:


Providing a bracing expansion of horizons, this book displays the unsuspected range of human thinking on the most basic categories of experience. The way in which early Chinese thinkers approached concepts such as one and many, sameness and difference, self and other, and internal and external stand in stark contrast to the way parallel concepts entrenched in much of modern thinking developed in Greek and European thought. Brook Ziporyn traces the distinctive and surprising philosophical journeys found in the works of the formative Confucian and Daoist thinkers back to a prevailing set of assumptions that tends to see questions of identity, value, and knowledge—the subject matter of ontology, ethics, and epistemology in other traditions—as all ultimately relating to questions about coherence in one form or another. Mere awareness of how many different ways human beings can think and have thought about these categories is itself a game changer for our own attitudes toward what is thinkable for us. The actual inhabitation and mastery of these alternative modes of thinking is an even greater adventure in intellectual and experiential expansion.

Table of Content:


Introduction: Rethinking Same and Different

Coherence and Li: Plan Method of This Book and Its Sequel

1. Essences, Universals, and Omnipresence: Absolute Sameness and Difference

Essences, Universals, Categories, Ideas: Simple Location and the Disjunction of Same and Different in in Mainstream Western Philosophy
Same and Different in Form Matter
Two Opposite Derivations of Omnipresent

2. What Is Coherence? Chinese Paradigms

Coherence As Opposed to Law, Rule, Principle,Pattern: Harmony Versus Repeatability
Is White Horse Horse?
Qian Mu’s Pendulum
Ironic and Non-Ironic Coherence

3. Non-Ironic Coherence and Negotiable Continuity

Coherence and Omniavailability of Value in Confucius and Mencius
Coherence and Heaven in Analects
Ritual Versus Law: Cultural Grammar
Rectification of Names: Negotiated Identity as a Function of Ritual
Classes and Types in Mencius
Omnipresence in Mencius
Transition to Ironic Coherence: Qi-Omnipresence and the Empty Center in Pre-Ironic Proto-Daoism

4. Ironic Coherence and the Discovery of the “Yin”

The Laozi Tradition: Desiring Wholes
Overview of Ironic Coherence in the LaoziThe Five Meanings of the Unhewn: Omnipresence and Ironic Coherence in the Laozi
Zhuangzi’s Wild Card: Thing as Perspective
Using the Wild Card
The Wild Card Against Both Objective Truth and Subjective Solipsism
Conclusion to Chapter 4: Ironic Coherence

5. Non-Ironic Responses to Ironic Coherence in Xunzi and the Record of Ritual

Xunzi and the Regulation of Sameness and Difference
Omnipresence and Coherence in Xunzi
Two Texts from the Record of Ritual (Liji): “The Great Learning,” and “The Doctrine of the Mean”

6. The Yin-Yang Compromise

Yin-Yang Theism in Dong Zhongshu: The Metastasis of Harmony Irony
An Alternate Yin-Yang Divination System: Yang Xiong’s Taixuanjing

Conclusion and Summary: Toward Li


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Music, Cosmology, and the Politics of Harmony in Early China

作者 Author
Erica Fox Brindley 

出版社 Publisher:

SUNY press

出版年 Publication Year:

摘要 Abstract

In early China, conceptions of music became important culturally and politically. This fascinating book examines a wide range of texts and discourse on music during this period (ca. 500–100 BCE) in light of the rise of religious, protoscientific beliefs on the intrinsic harmony of the cosmos. By tracking how music began to take on cosmic and religious significance, Erica Fox Brindley shows how music was used as a tool for such enterprises as state unification and cultural imperialism. She also outlines how musical discourse accompanied the growth of an explicit psychology of the emotions, served as a fundamental medium for spiritual attunement with the cosmos, and was thought to have utility and potency in medicine. While discussions of music in state ritual or as an aesthetic and cultural practice abound, this book is unique in linking music to religious belief and demonstrating its convergences with key religious, political, and intellectual transformations in early China.

目錄 Table of Contents


Introduction: Music and Cosmological Theory

Part One: Music and the State

1. Music in State Order and Cosmic Rulership
2. A Civilizing Force for Imperial Rule
3. Regulating Sound and the Cosmos

Part Two: Music and the Individual

4. Music and the Emergence of a Psychology of the Emotions
5. Sagely Attunement to the Cosmos
6. Music and Medicine


The Shaman and the Heresiarch: A New interpretation of the Li sao


作者 Author:
Gopal Sukhu

出版社 Publisher:
SUNY Press

出版年 Publication Year:


內容簡介 Abstract:

This is 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 long been studied as China’s first extended allegory in poetic form, yet most scholars agree that there is very

little in the two-thousand-year-old tradition of commentary on it that convincingly explains its supernatural flights, its complex floral imagery, or the gender ambiguity of its primary poetic persona. The Shaman and the Heresiarch is the first book-length study of the Li sao in English, offering new translations of both the Li sao and the Nine Songs. The book traces the
shortcomings of the earliest extant commentary on those texts, that of Wang Yi, back to the quasi-divinatory methods of the highly politicized tradition of Chinese classical hermeneutics in general, and the political machinations of a Han dynasty empress dowager in particular. It also offers an entirely new interpretation of the Li sao, one based not on Qu Yuan hagiography but on what
late Warring States period artifacts and texts, including recently unearthed texts, teach us about the cultural context that produced the poem. In that light we see in the Li sao not only a reflection of the era of the great classical Chinese philosophers, but also the breakdown of the political-religious
order of the ancient state of Chu.

目錄 Table of Contents:


1. Wang Yi and Han Dynasty Classical Commentary

2. Wang Yi and the Woman Who Commissioned the Chu zi zhangju

3. The Intergendered Shaman of Li sao

4. The Realm of Shaman Peng: Floral Imagery in the Li sao

5. The “Philosophy” of the Li sao, Part I

6. The “Philosophy” of the Li sao, Part II

7. Shaman Xian’s Domain: The First and Second Journeys

8. Conclusion

Appendix I: A Translation of the Li sao

Appendix II: The Nine Songs

Monday, October 1, 2012

Visionary Journeys: Travel Writings from Early Medieval and Nineteenth-Century China 神遊:中國中古時代與十九世紀行旅寫作

Xaiofei, Tian


Harvard University Asia Center

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This book explores two important moments of dislocation in Chinese history, the early medieval period (317–589 CE) and the nineteenth century. Tian juxtaposes a rich array of materials from these two periods in comparative study, linking these historical moments in their unprecedented interactions, and intense fascination, with foreign cultures.

Table of Contents:

Seeing with the mind's eye --

Journeys to other worlds --
Xie Lingyun, Poet of purgatory --
The rhetorical schemata of seeing --
Poetry and experience in the nineteenth century.