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Author Goodman, Howard L.

Title Xun Xu and the politics of precision in third-century AD China / by Howard L. Goodman
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (x, 414 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Sinica Leidensia, 0169-9563 ; v. 95
Sinica Leidensia ; v. 95
Contents Introduction: the Zhengsheng mode -- The Xuns of Yingyin and Luoyang -- Xun Xu's first posts, ca. 248-265 -- Aesthetics and precision in court ritual songs, ca. 266-272 -- Commandeering staff and proclaiming precision, ca. 273-274 -- A martinet of melody, ca. 274-277 -- A new day, new antiquities, new factions, ca. 277-284 -- "They've stolen my Phoenix pool", 284-89 and beyond
Summary "This biography of the court scholar Xun Xu explores central areas of intellectual life in third-century China - court lyrics, music, metrology, pitch systems, archeology, and historiography. It clarifies the relevant source texts in order to reveal fierce debates. Besides solving technical puzzles about the material details of court rites, the book unfolds factional struggles that developed into scholarly ones. Xun's opponents were major figures like Zhang Hua and Zhi Yu. Xun Xu's overall approach to antiquity and the derivation of truth made appeals to an idealized Zhou for authority. Ultimately, Xun's precision and methods cost him both reputation and court status. The events mark a turning point in which ideals were moving away from such court constructs toward a relatively more philosophical antiquarianism and towards new terms and genres of self-expression."--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-395) and index
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Subject Xun, Xu, -289.
Historians -- China -- Biography.
Scholars -- China -- Biography.
China -- History -- Jin dynasty, 265-419.
China -- History -- Three kingdoms, 220-265.
China -- Intellectual life -- 221 B.C.-960 A.D.
China -- Politics and government -- 220-589.
Genre/Form Biographie
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009053995
ISBN 1283039141
900419021X (electronic bk.)
9789004190214 (electronic bk.)