Looking at knowledge transmission as a cultural feature, this book isolates and examines the individual factors that affect knowledge in the making and created uniquely Chinese cultures of knowledge. The volume is organized into four sections: Internode, Imperial Court, Agora, and Scholarly Arts. Each has a theoretical introduction, followed by two core contributions from experts in Chinese history. The section concludes with a ‘reflection’ by a historian of Western Technology who scrutinizes each sphere and identifies the points that reflect universal technological experience. The combination of broadly sketched theoretical introductions and detailed core contributions provides an unparalleled insight into pre-modern Chinese history from the Song to early Qing dynasty, revealing Chinese attitudes towards innovation and invention.
Cultures of Knowledge
J.D. Schmidt, University of British Columbia
In The Poet Zheng Zhen (1806-1864) and the Rise of Chinese Modernity J. D. Schmidt provides a study of one of the China's greatest poets and a major architect of Chinese modernity.
Michael John Paton, University of Sydney
In Five Classics of Fengshui Michael Paton traces the theoretical development of this form of spiritual geography through full translations of major texts: the Burial Classic of Qing Wu, Book of Burial, Yellow Emperor’s Classic of House Siting, Twenty Four Difficult Problems, and Water Dragon ...
Mary Anne Cartelli, City University of New York
In The Five-Colored Clouds of Mount Wutai: Poems from Dunhuang, Mary Anne Cartelli introduces a significant corpus of Chinese Buddhist poems from the Dunhuang manuscripts celebrating Mount Wutai. They offer important literary evidence for the transformation of the mountain into the earthly ...
Cosima Bruno, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
Between the Lines provides theoretical foundation and a methodology for studying poetry through translation. With insider’s perspective, the author Cosima Bruno presents contemporary Chinese poems by Yang Lian (b. 1955) as case study.
Timothy Wai Keung Chan, Hong Kong Baptist University
This book focuses on the representation of human mortality in medieval Chinese literature. This theme is observed and reconstructed through analysis of the work of eminent writers of the period, texts that have never been examined from an eschatological perspective.
Ping Wang, Princeton University
This book, through detailed analysis of the writings of the Liang Crown Prince Xiao Tong and his circle, will deepen and redefine our view of the court cultrue and literature of the Liang, a crucial period in Chinese literary history.
Covering a period of about four centuries, this book demonstrates the economic and political components of the opium problem. As a mass product, opium was introduced in India and Indonesia by the Dutch in the 17th century. China suffered the most, but was also the first to get rid of the opium ...
Saluting the Yellow Emperor tells the fascinating story of a group of Swedish scholars who rediscovered the pronunciation of the Chinese classics, buried Silk Road cities, and a Chinese Stone Age, while spiriting antiquities out of Asia.
The focus of this study is coming of age in troubled Cultural Revolutionary times as portrayed in contemporary Chinese Bildungsroman fiction by Su Tong and Yu Hua, along with a comprehensive overview of the Bildungsroman in China and the west.
Using the concept of theatricality to study Water Margin and Journey to the West, this study illustrates how writing and reading in early modern China became fused with a theatrical imagination in response to destabilizing social and political forces.
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