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Author Qian, Nanxiu

Title Spirit and self in medieval China : the Shih-shuo hsin-y and its legacy / Nanxiu Qian
Published Honolulu : University of Hawai'i Press, 2001


Description 1 online resource (xiv, 520 pages) : illustrations
Contents Part 1. From character appraisal to character writing : the formation of the Shih-shuo genre -- part 2. The narrative art of the Shihshuohsin-yü -- part 3. Discontinuity along the line of continuity : imitations of the Shih-shuo hsin-yü
Summary The Shih-shuo hsin-yu, conventionally translated as A New Account of Tales of the World, is one of the most significant works in the entire Chinese literary tradition. It established a genre (the Shih-shuo t'i) and inspired dozens of imitations from the later part of the Tang dynasty (618-907) to the early Republican era of the twentieth century. The Shih-shuo hsin-yu consists of more than a thousand historical anecdotes about elite life in the late Han dynasty and the Wei-Chin period (about A.D. 150-420). Despite a general recognition of the place of the Shih-shuo hsin-yu in China's literary history (and to a lesser extent that of Japan), the genre itself has never been adequately defined or thoroughly studied. Spirit and Self in Medieval China offers the first thorough study in any language of the origins and evolution of the Shih-shuo t'i based on a comprehensive literary analysis of the Shih-shuo hsin-yu and a systematic documentation and examination of more than thirty imitations. The study also contributes to the growing interest in the Chinese idea of individual identity. By focusing on the Shin-shuo genre, which provides the starting point in China for a systematic literary construction of the self, it demonstrates that, contrary to Western assertions of a timeless Chinese "tradition," an authentic understanding of personhood in China changed continually and often significantly in response to changing historical and cultural circumstances
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 475-504) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Liu, Yiqing, 403-444. Shi shuo xin yu
SUBJECT Shi shuo xin yu (Liu, Yiqing) fast
Subject LITERARY CRITICISM -- Asian -- General.
PHILOSOPHY -- Eastern.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780824864422