Finding Wisdom in East Asian Classics

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byWm. Theodore de Bary

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The perfect companion to courses in Asian civilization and culture, Finding Wisdom in East Asian Classics provides nonspecialists with essential background on frequently assigned texts. With essays addressing foundational materials in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions, including Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, and early modern fictional classics up to the seventeenth century, this guide works in any classroom and with readers at all levels. It demonstrates the particular link between each text and its tradition and proves the global relevance of Asian classics to the humanities at large.

Wm. Theodore de Bary combines reprinted and original essays on texts that have survived for centuries, if not millennia, through avid questioning and contestation. Recognized as perennial reflections on life and society, these works represent diverse historical periods and cultures and include the Laozi, the Xunxi, the Lotus Sutra, Tang poetry, the Pillow Book, The Tale of Genji, and the writings of Mencius, Chikamatsu, and Kaibara Ekken. Contributors explain the central and most commonly understood aspects of these works and how they operate within their traditions. They trace their reach and reinvention over the centuries and identify their ongoing value to modern life. With fresh interpretations of familiar readings, these essays inspire renewed appreciation and examination. In the case of some classics open to multiple interpretation, the guide features two complementary essays from different contributors. Expanding on debates concerning the challenges of teaching classics in the twenty-first century, several pieces speak to the value of Asia in the core curriculum and the necessity of reinforcing the significance of such works as the Analects. Indispensable for early scholarship on Asia and the development of global civilization, Finding Wisdom helps readers master the major texts of human thought.

Contributors: Paul Anderer, Columbia University · Irene Bloom ·Wm Theodore de Bary, Columbia University · Wing-tsit Chan · Rachel E. Chung, Columbia University · JaHyun Haboush, Columbia University · C. T. Hsia, Columbia University · Michael C. Kalton, University of Washington · Donald Keene, Columbia University · James Mirollo, Columbia University · Haruo Shirane, Columbia University · Robert A. F. Thurman, American Institute of Buddhist Studies · Conrad Schirokauer, City University of New York · Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University · Paul Varley, Columbia University · Franciscus Verellen, École française d'Extrême-Orient · Burton Watson · Philip Yampolsky, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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The perfect companion to courses in Asian civilization and culture, Finding Wisdom in East Asian Classics provides nonspecialists with essential background on frequently assigned texts. With essays addressing foundational materials in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions, including Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, and ea...

Wm. Theodore de Bary is the John Mitchell Mason Professor Emeritus and provost emeritus of Columbia University and past president of the Association for Asian Studies. He has written extensively on Confucianism in East Asia and is the coeditor of Sources of East Asian Tradition, Sources of Chinese Tradition, Sources of Japanese Tra...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:August 16, 2011Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface. The Great "Civilized" Conversation: Cases in Point (Wm. Theodore de Bary)
1. Asian Classics as the Great Books of the East (Wm. Theodore de Bary)
2. Asia in the Core Curriculum (Wm. Theodore de Bary)
3. Why We Read the Analects of Confucius (Wm. Theodore de Bary)
4. Mencius (Irene Bloom)
5. Laozi (Franciscus Verellen)
6. Zhuangzi (Paul Contino)
7. Xunzi (Wm. Theodore de Bary)
8. The Lotus S?tra (Wing-tsit Chan)
9. The Teaching of Vimalak?rti (Robert A. F. Thurman)
10(a). The Platform S?tra of the Sixth Patriarch (Philip Yampolsky)
10(b). The Platform S?tra as a Chinese Classic (Wm. Theodore de Bary)
11. Tang Poetry: A Return to Basics (Burton Watson)
12. Journey to the West (C. T. Hsia)
13. A Dream of Red Mansions (C. T. Hsia)
14. Zhu Xi and the Four Books (Wm. Theodore de Bary)
15. Waiting for the Dawn: Huang Zongxi's Critique of the Chinese Dynastic System
(Wm. Theodore de Bary)
16(a). The Tale of Genji as a Japanese and World Classic (Haruo Shirane)
16(b). Passion and Poignancy in The Tale of Genji (Wm. Theodore de Bary)
17. The Pillow Book (Wm. Theodore de Bary)
18. Kamo no Ch?mei's "An Account of My Hut" (Paul Anderer)
19. The Tale of the Heike (Paul Varley)
20(a). Kenk?'s Essays in Idleness (Donald Keene)
20(b). Kenk? and Montaigne in Tandem (James Mirollo)
21(a). The Poetry of Matsuo Bash? (Haruo Shirane)
21(b). Matsuo Bash? (Donald Keene)
22. Chikamatsu (Donald Keene)
23. Saikaku's Five Women Who Loved Love (Wm. Theodore de Bary)
24. Kaibara Ekken's Precepts for Daily Life in Japan (Mary Evelyn Tucker)
25. The Contemporary Meaning of T'oegye's Ten Diagrams on Sage Learning (Michael C. Kalton)
26. The Memoirs of Lady Hyegy?ng (JaHyun Kim Haboush)
27. The Song of the Faithful Wife Ch'unhyang (Rachel E. Chung)
28. Reading and Teaching The Tale of Kieu (Conrad Schirokauer)
Index

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These accessible essays will be valuable to anyone with an interest in the traditions and literatures of East Asia.