Classical Chinese Literature: From Antiquity to the Tang Dynasty v. 1: An Anthology of Translations

Classical Chinese Literature: From Antiquity to the Tang Dynasty v. 1: An Anthology of Translations

Paperback Classical Chinese Literature; An Anthology of Translations

Edited by John Minford, Edited by Joseph S. M. Lau

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  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 1248 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 226mm x 61mm | 1,565g
  • Publication date: 27 March 2002
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0231096771
  • ISBN 13: 9780231096775
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: 105 black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 942,663

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The summation of more than two thousand years of one of the world's most august literary traditions, this volume also represents the achievements of four hundred years of Western scholarship on China. The selections include poetry, drama, fiction, songs, biographies, and works of early Chinese philosophy and history rendered in English by the most renowned translators of classical Chinese literature: Arthur Waley, Ezra Pound, David Hawkes, James Legge, Burton Watson, Stephen Owen, Cyril Birch, A. C. Graham, Witter Bynner, Kenneth Rexroth, and others. Arranged chronologically and by genre, each chapter is introduced by definitive quotes and brief introductions chosen from classic Western sinological treatises. Beginning with discussions of the origins of the Chinese writing system and selections from the earliest "genre" of Chinese literature--the Oracle Bone inscriptions--the book then proceeds with selections from: * early myths and legends; * the earliest anthology of Chinese poetry, the Book of Songs; * early narrative and philosophy, including the I Ching, Tao-te Ching, and the Analects of Confucius; * rhapsodies, historical writings, magical biographies, ballads, poetry, and miscellaneous prose from the Han and Six Dynasties period; * the court poetry of the Southern Dynasties; * the finest gems of Tang poetry; and * lyrics, stories, and tales of the Sui, Tang, and Five Dynasties eras. Special highlights include individual chapters covering each of the luminaries of Tang poetry: Wang Wei, Li Bo, Du Fu, and Bo Juyi; early literary criticism; women poets from the first to the tenth century C.E.; and the poetry of Zen and the Tao. Bibliographies, explanatory notes, copious illustrations, a chronology of major dynasties, and two-way romanization tables coordinating the Wade-Giles and pinyin transliteration systems provide helpful tools to aid students, teachers, and general readers in exploring this rich tradition of world literature.

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Author information

John Minford is professor of Chinese at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Jospeph S. M. Lau is professor of translation and head of the department of Chinese at Lingnan University in Hong Kong.

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An invaluable treasure... by far the most complete, with an astounding number of selections... Highly recommended for students and scholars of Chinese literature at all levels. Choice This book is a scholar's dream and an historical and literary marvel. Book Digest (Council On National Literatures)

Table of contents

Foreward by Cyril BirchEditors' IntroductionPart 1: Before the Han Dynasty (to 206 BC)Chapter 1. Pattern and Sign: The Chinese LanguageChapter 2. Heavenly Questions: Early Myths and LegendsChapter 3. The Book of Songs: The Earliest Anthology of Chinese PoetryChapter 4. The Source: Prose of the Ancients: Early Narrative and PhilosophyChapter 5. The Songs of the South: Shamanism and PoetryPart 2: The Han Dynasty and the Period of DisunionChapter 6. Red and Purple Threads: Rhapsodies from the Han and Six DynastiesChapter 7. Mortals and Immortals: Historical and Pseudo-Historical Writings from the Han and Six DynastiesChapter 8. We Fought South of the City Wall: Ballands and Folksongs of the Han and Six DynastiesChapter 9. Tigers Setting the Wind Astir: Poets of the Han, Wei and Jin DynastiesChapter 10. Bamboo Grove, Golden Valley, Orchid Pavilion: Coteries of the Third and Fourth CenturiesChapter 11. Tao Yuanming (365-427): The Gentleman of the Five Willow TreesChapter 12. The Murmuring Stream and the Weary Road: Xie Lingyun and Bao ZhaoChapter 13. New Songs from a Jade Terrace: Court Poetry of the Southern DynastiesChapter 14. Green Bag and Yellow Covers: A Miscellany of Prose from the Han and Six DynastiesChapter 15. The Carving of Dragons: Early Literary CriticismChapter 16. Spirits and Humors: Strange Tales from the Six DynastiesPart 3: The Sui, Tang and Five Dynasties (589-960)Chapter 17. The Great River: Poets of the Early TangChapter 18. Wang Wei (701-761): Poet and PainterChapter 19. Li Bo (701-762): The Banished ImmortalChapter 20. Du Fu (712-770): The Sage of PoetryChapter 21. Spring, River, Flowers, Moon, Night: Poets of the High TangChapter 22. Stones Where the Haft Rotted: Poets of the Mid TangChapter 23. Bo Juyi (772-846): Madly Singing in the MountainsChapter 24. The Patterned Lute: Poets of the Late TangChapter 25. Red Leaf: Women Poets from the First Century B.C. to the Tenth Century A.D.Chapter 26. Cold Mountain: Poetry of Zen and the TaoChapter 27. Return to the Source: Essays of the Tang DynastyChapter 28. The World in a Pillow: Classical Tales of the Tang DynastyChapter 29. Turning the Scrolls: Ballads and Stories from DunhuangChapter 30. Among the Flowers: Lyrics of the Tang and Five Dynasties