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Monday, September 23, 2013

Early China 35-36 (2012-13): Dedicated to Li Xueqin on the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday

Guest Editor: 
Xing Wen

Table of Contents:

The Life of a Chinese Historian in Tumultuous Times: Interviews with
Li Xueqin, by Sarah Allan and WANG Tao

The Period V Ritual Postface: Prospective or Retrospective, by David N. Keightley

Sage King Yu and the Bin Gong Xu, by Constance A. Cook

The Sui Gong Xu Inscription: A Contextual Reconstruction and Translation, by Xing Wen, translated by CHEN Shu

Collected Interpretations of the X Gong Xu, by CHEN Shu

The Classical Daoist Concept of Li - (Pattern) and Early Chinese Cosmology, by Harold D. Roth

The Cultural History of the Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) in Early China, by Donald Harper

Curing the Incurable, by Jeffrey Riegel

Dating the Houma Covenant Texts: The Significance of Recent Findings from the Wenxian Covenant Texts, by Crispin Williams

The Political Implications of the Minority Policy in the Qin Law, by YAU Shun-chiu

The Qin Slips and Boards from Well No. 1, Liye, Hunan: A Brief Introduction to the Qin Qianling County Archives, by Robin D. S. Yates

The Notion of "Shi" and Some Related Terms in Qin-Han Calendrical Astrology, by Marc Kalinowski

Han Yuandi, reigned 48 to 33 B.C.E., and his Advisors, by Michael Loewe

A Short History of Chinese Numismatics in European Languages, by Helen Wang

Review of Mozi: A Complete Translation, by Moss Roberts

Shigaku Zasshi Summary of Japanese scholarship for 2010, trans. by Eno Compton IV

Annual Bibliography, Dissertation Abstracts, compiled by Margaret Wee Siang Ng


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Philosophy on Bamboo: Text and the Production of Meaning in Early China

Dirk Meyer


Publication Year:

Scholarship on early Chinese thought has long tended to treat texts as mere repositories of ideas rather than as meaningful objects in their own right. Not only does this approach present an idealised account of China’s intellectual past, but it also imposes artificial boundaries between textual and philosophical traditions. As the first study to treat text as a cultural phenomenon during the Warring States period, this book demonstrates the interplay among the material conditions of text and manuscript culture, writing, and thought. Through close readings of philosophical texts excavated at Guōdiàn 郭店, it analyses crucial strategies of meaning construction and casts light on the ways in which different communities used texts to philosophical ends. Meyer thus establishes new understandings of the correlation between ideas, their material carrier, and the production of meaning in early China.

Table of Contents:

Preliminary Material
Source: pp i –x

Source: pp 1 –28

1. The “Zhōng xin zhī dao” 忠信之道 “The Way of Fidelity and Trustworthiness”
Source: pp 29 –52

2. The “Qiong da yı ̌ shi” 窮達以時 “Failure and Success Appear at Their Respective Times”
Source: pp 53 –76

3. The “Wǔ xing” 五行 “Five Aspects of Virtuous Conduct”
Source: pp 77 –130

4. The “Xing zi ming chū” 性自命出 “Human Nature is Brought Forth by Decree”
Source: pp 131 –174

5. Text, Structure, Meaning
Source: pp 175 –207

6. Applying the Methodology: “Tai yī shēng shuı ̌” 太一生水 “The Ultimate One Gives Birth to Water” and “Lǎozı ̌” 老子
Source: pp 209 –226

7. Writing Meaning: Material Conditions of Meaning Construction in Warring States Philosophy
Source: pp 227 –244

8. Conclusion: Writing Philosophy
Source: pp 245 –254

9. Reconstructing the “Zhōng xin zhī dao” 忠信之道
Source: pp 255 –267

10. Reconstructing the “Qiong da yı ̌ shi” 窮達以時
Source: pp 269 –282

11. Reconstructing the “Wǔ xing”
Source: pp 283 –309

12. Reconstructing the “Xing zi ming chū” 性自命出
Source: pp 311 –351

13. Reconstructing the “Tai yī shēng shuı ̌” 太一生水
Source: pp 353 –361

Source: pp 363 –385


Source: pp 387 –395

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Early Medieval China: A Sourcebook 中古早期中國:資料集

Wendy Swartz, Robert Ford Campany, Yang Lu, and Jessey J. C. Choo

Columbia University Press

Publication Date:

Table of Contents:

Chronological Contents


A Note on the Translations



Part I. The North and the South by Jessey J. C. Choo

1. Return to the North? The Debate on Moving the Capital Back to Luoyang, by Jessey J. C. Choo

2. The Disputation at Pengcheng: Accounts from the Wei shu and the Song shu, by Albert E. Dien

3. Between Imitation and Mockery: The Southern Treatments of Northern Cultures, by Jessey J. C. Choo

4. Literary Imagination of the North and South, by Ping Wang

Part II. Governing Mechanisms and Social Reality by Yang Lu

5. Managing Locality in Early Medieval China: Evidence from Changsha, by Yang Lu

6. Classical Scholarship in the Shu Region: The Case of Qiao Zhou, by J. Michael Farmer

7. Ranking Men and Assessing Talent: Xiahou Xuan’s Response to an Inquiry by Sima Yi, by Timothy M. Davis

8. On Land and Wealth: Liu Zishang’s “Petition on Closing Off Mountains and Lakes” and Yang Xi’s “Discussion on Abolishing Old Regulations Regarding Mountains and Marshes”, by Charles Holcombe

9. Crime and Punishment: The Case of Liu Hui in the Wei shu, by Jen-der Lee

10. Marriage and Social Status: Shen Yue’s “Impeaching Wang Yuan” , by David R. Knechtges

11. Religion and Society on the Silk Road: The Inscriptional Evidence from Turfan, by Huaiyu Chen

Part III. Cultural Capital by Wendy Swartz

12. The Art of Discourse: Xi Kang’s “Sound Is Without Sadness or Joy”, by Robert Ashmore

13. Poetry on the Mysterious: The Writings of Sun Chuo, by Paul W. Kroll

14. The Art of Poetry Writing: Liu Xiaochuo’s “Becoming the Number-One Person for the Number-One Position”, by Ping Wang

15. Six Poems from a Liang Dynasty Princely Court, by Xiaofei Tian

16. Pei Ziye’s “Discourse on Insect Carving”, by Jack W. Chen

17. Classifying the Literary Tradition: Zhi Yu’s “Discourse on Literary Compositions Divided by Genre”, by Wendy Swartz

18. Zhong Rong’s Preface to Grades of the Poets, by Stephen Owen

19. Book Collecting and Cataloging in the Age of Manuscript Culture: Xiao Yi’s Master of the Golden Tower and Ruan Xiaoxu’s Preface to Seven Records, by Xiaofei Tian

Part IV. Imaging Self and Other by Wendy Swartz

20. Biographies of Recluses: Huangfu Mi’s Accounts of High-Minded Men, by Alan Berkowitz

21. Classifications of People and Conduct: Selections from Liu Shao’s Treatise on Personality and Liu Yiqing’s Recent Anecdotes from the Talk of the Ages, by Jack W. Chen

22. The Literary Community at the Court of the Liang Crown Prince, by Ping Wang

23. Self-Narration: Tao Yuanming’s “Biography of the Master of Five Willows” and Yuan Can’s “Biography of the Master of Wonderful Virtue”, by Wendy Swartz

24. On Political and Personal Fate: Three Selections from Jiang Yan’s Prose and Verse, by Paul W. Kroll

25. The Shadow Image in the Cave: Discourse on Icons, by Eugene Wang

Part V. Everyday Life by Jessey J. C. Choo and Albert E. Dien

26. Dietary Habits: Shu Xi’s “Rhapsody on Pasta”, by David R. Knechtges

27. The Epitaph of a Third-Century Wet Nurse, Xu Yi, by Jen-der Lee

28. Festival and Ritual Calendar: Selections from Record of the Year and Seasons of Jing-Chu, by Ian Chapman

29. Custom and Society: The Family Instructions of Mr. Yan, by Albert E. Dien

30. Adoption and Motherhood: “The Petition Submitted by Lady [née] Yu”, by Jessey J. C. Choo

31. Estate Culture in Early Medieval China: The Case of Shi Chong, by David R. Knechtges

Part VI. Relations with the Unseen World by Robert Ford Campany

32. Biographies of Eight Autocremators and Huijiao’s “Critical Evaluation”, by James A. Benn

33. Divine Instructions for an Official, by Stephen R. Bokenkamp

34. Tales of Strange Events, by Robert Ford Campany

35. Texts for Stabilizing Tombs, by Timothy M. Davis

36. Reciting Scriptures to Move the Spirits, by Clarke Hudson

37. Confucian Views of the Supernatural, by Keith N. Knapp

38. Encounters in Mountains, by Gil Raz

List of Contributors