Spirit and Self in Medieval China: The Shih-Shuo Hsin-Yu and Its Legacy

Spirit and Self in Medieval China: The Shih-Shuo Hsin-Yu and Its Legacy

Nanxiu Qian


The "Shih-shuo hsin-yu", conventionally translated as "A New Account of stories of the World", is among the most vital works within the complete chinese language literary culture. It demonstrated a style (the "Shih-shuo t'i") and encouraged dozens of imitations from the later a part of the Tang dynasty (618-907) to the early Republican period of the twentieth century. The "Shih-shuo hsin-yu" involves greater than 1000 ancient anecdotes approximately elite lifestyles within the past due Han dynasty and the Wei-Chin interval (about advert 150-420). regardless of a basic popularity of where of the 2Shih-shuo hsin-yu" in China's literary background (and to a lesser volume that of Japan), the style itself hasn't ever been appropriately outlined or completely studied. "Spirit and Self in Medieval China" bargains a radical learn of the origins and evolution of the "Shih-shuo t'i" in keeping with a entire literary research of the "Shih-shuo hsin-yu" and a scientific documentation and exam of greater than 30 imitations. The learn additionally contributes to the starting to be curiosity within the chinese language thought of person id. by means of targeting the "Shin-shuo" style, which supplies the place to begin in China for a scientific literary development of the self, it demonstrates that, opposite to Western assertions of a undying chinese language "tradition," an genuine figuring out of personhood in China replaced consistently and sometimes considerably in line with altering old and cultural situations.

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