Ways with Words: Writing about Reading Texts from Early China by Pauline YuWays with Words: Writing about Reading Texts from Early China by Pauline Yu

Ways with Words: Writing about Reading Texts from Early China

EditorPauline Yu, Peter Bol, Stephen Owen

Paperback | September 19, 2000

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Ways with Words presents interpretive essays by scholars from different disciplines on seven core, premodern classical Chinese texts. The remarkable diversity of these works--drawn from literature, philosophy, religion, and art history--challenges the presumption of a monolithic Chinese tradition that has been promoted by scholars and popular culture alike, both in China and the West.



The texts themselves include a poem from the Classic of Poetry compiled in the sixth century b.c.e.; passages from Mencius and Zhuangzi; the Heart Sutra; a poem by Du Fu and the Biography of Yingying by Yuan Zhen, both written during the Tang dynasty; and Notes on the Method for the Brush, a tenth-century text attributed to Jing Hao. Both the original Chinese versions and the translations are provided for each primary text. There are at least two essays--when possible from scholars in different fields--on each work. The volume as a whole demonstrates the various ways in which the modern Western reader can confront the impressive variety of texts from the classical Chinese tradition.

Pauline Yu is Dean of Humanities and Professor of Chinese Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. Peter Bol is Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. Stephen Owen is James Bryant Conant University Professor at Harvard University. Willard Peterson is Professor of East Asian Studies at...
Title:Ways with Words: Writing about Reading Texts from Early ChinaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:292 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.75 inPublished:September 19, 2000Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0520224663

ISBN - 13:9780520224667

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Scholars from various disciplines offer interpretive essays on seven vital pre-modern classical Chinese texts. The extraordinary variety of these works including literature, philosophy, religion and art history, disputing the assumption of a monolithic Chinese tradition. Ways with Words: Writing about Reading Texts from Early China features BCE’s Classic of Poetry; passages from Mencius and Zhuangzi; the Heart Sutra; a Tang Dynasty poem by Du FU, Yuan Zhen’s Biography of Yingying and a 10th century Jing Hao text, Notes on the Method for the Brush.    

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"Ways with Words offers a lively interdisciplinary discussion to help readers reflect on interpretive practices and appreciate the diversity of Chinese literary and intellectual-historical traditions." --Journal of Asian Studies