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

Paperback | March 27, 2002

EditorJohn Minford, Joseph S. M. Lau

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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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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 Englis...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:1248 pages, 6.2 × 8.9 × 0.68 inPublished:March 27, 2002Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Cyril BirchEditors' IntroductionPart 1: Before the Han Dynasty (to 206 BC)1. Pattern and Sign: The Chinese Language2. Heavenly Questions: Early Myths and Legends3. The Book of Songs: The Earliest Anthology of Chinese Poetry4. The Source: Prose of the Ancients: Early Narrative and Philosophy5. The Songs of the South: Shamanism and PoetryPart 2: The Han Dynasty and the Period of Disunion6. Red and Purple Threads: Rhapsodies from the Han and Six Dynasties7. Mortals and Immortals: Historical and Pseudo-Historical Writings from the Han and Six Dynasties8. We Fought South of the City Wall: Ballands and Folksongs of the Han and Six Dynasties9. Tigers Setting the Wind Astir: Poets of the Han, Wei and Jin Dynasties10. Bamboo Grove, Golden Valley, Orchid Pavilion: Coteries of the Third and Fourth Centuries11. Tao Yuanming (365-427): The Gentleman of the Five Willow Trees12. The Murmuring Stream and the Weary Road: Xie Lingyun and Bao Zhao13. New Songs from a Jade Terrace: Court Poetry of the Southern Dynasties14. Green Bag and Yellow Covers: A Miscellany of Prose from the Han and Six Dynasties15. The Carving of Dragons: Early Literary Criticism16. Spirits and Humors: Strange Tales from the Six DynastiesPart 3: The Sui, Tang and Five Dynasties (589-960)17. The Great River: Poets of the Early Tang18. Wang Wei (701-761): Poet and Painter19. Li Bo (701-762): The Banished Immortal20. Du Fu (712-770): The Sage of Poetry21. Spring, River, Flowers, Moon, Night: Poets of the High Tang22. Stones Where the Haft Rotted: Poets of the Mid Tang23. Bo Juyi (772-846): Madly Singing in the Mountains24. The Patterned Lute: Poets of the Late Tang25. Red Leaf: Women Poets from the First Century B.C. to the Tenth Century A.D.26. Cold Mountain: Poetry of Zen and the Tao27. Return to the Source: Essays of the Tang Dynasty28. The World in a Pillow: Classical Tales of the Tang Dynasty29. Turning the Scrolls: Ballads and Stories from Dunhuang30. Among the Flowers: Lyrics of the Tang and Five Dynasties

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