Chinese Literature, Ancient and Classical by William H. Nienhauser

By William H. Nienhauser

André Lévy offers a "picture of chinese language literature of the past" that brilliantly illustrates the 4 nice literary genres of China: the classics, prose, poetry, and the literature of leisure. His dialogue of roughly a hundred and twenty vibrant translations combines own insights with leading edge ancient money owed in a genre-based method that strikes past the common chronology of dynasties. well known student William H. Nienhauser, Jr., translated Lévy's paintings from the French and back to the unique chinese language for the texts. This informative, attractive, and eminently readable advent to the 3 millennia of conventional chinese language literature is extremely prompt for college kids and normal readers.

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The Golden Age of Trivial Literature Scorned by the ancients as well as the moderns, the free essays in the xiaopin wen form enjoyed their greatest popularity during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The genre could nevertheless claim a respectable ancestry, having commenced with a narrative about Confucius which closes chapter 11 of the Analects: Zilu, Zeng Xi, Ran You, and Gongxi Hua were seated in attendance on Confucius. The Master said, "Forget for a moment that I am your elder. "3 3The implied subject of "appreciating talents" would be the lord of a state 46 Chinese Literature, Ancient and Classical Zilu quickly responded: "Give me a country of one thousand chariots situated between two great countries, ravaged by famine under the pressure of enemy troops.

With the glosses and regulation commentaries, the thirteen classics, Yi jing, Shu jing, Shi jing, Zhou li, Yi li, Li ji, Chun qiu-Zuo Gongyang zhuan, Guliang zhuan, Xiao jing, Lunyu, Meng Zi, and Er ya, total nearly six million characters; the texts themselves, which every candidate for the civil service examinations after the fourteenth century had to know by heart, contain nearly a half-million words-the basis of a literary training that should not be underestimated. Chapter 1. de/igcs). The appropriate sections of Sources of Chinese Tradition, ed.

V9J-and Wu Diaohou 5Thlift; 1 the Guwen guanzhiSagiE. (The Major Works of Ancient Prose), is a limited selection of 220 extracts, of which, next to the excerpts from Zuo's commentary to the Chun qiu, the work most often cited is Sima Qian's Shi ji. 11 I. C. have come down to us. Among them are texts which have been labeled early novels by some modern critics, despite the lack of support for this classification in traditional assessments. D. 279, and which relates the fantastic voyages of its hero.

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