A Concise History of Chinese Literature (2 Volume Set) by Luo Yuming. Translated with Annotations and an Introduction

By Luo Yuming. Translated with Annotations and an Introduction by Ye Yang

A historical past of chinese language literature from its early beginnings in the course of the finish of the Qing dynasty, this contemporary paintings from Professor Luo Yuming of Chinas Fudan collage seeks to supply, by means of adopting new theoretical views and utilizing up to date learn, a coherent, panoramic description of the improvement of chinese language literature and its significant features. As one of many only a few English translations of such works by means of chinese language authors it seeks to notify the Western viewers of the new viewpoints and scholarship at the subject from a number one chinese language student. it could possibly additionally supply a few grounds of comparability and distinction with identical works within the West.

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One of the Confucian sayings included in the Analects also goes that, by learning the Songs, one could “learn the more immediate duty of serving one’s father and the remoter one of serving one’s sovereign,” namely, learning the principles of serving one’s elders and the rulers. Texts in The Book of Songs came from numerous sources of various kinds, so it was difficult not to impose on some of them distorted interpretations that deviated from their original meaning, when they were used for the education of the children of the aristocrats.

In the section of “Against Idleness” of The Documents of High Antiquity, an early Zhou text, the Lord of Zhou defined “restraining oneself and controlling fear” as a principle to be observed by the sovereign. In short, the function of the rites was to restrain individual consciousness and, by doing so, to consolidate the social hierarchy and to protect the interests of the community. The establishment of the rites implies that Zhou culture had, in many respects, freed itself from the spell of primitive religion, and instead the early period of chinese literature 5 made use of rational political means and moral consciousness to regulate social relations.

Historical writings were also worthy of notice. Earlier historical works like The Documents of High Antiquity and the The Spring and Autumn Annals had been completed primarily through the compiling and editing of official government documents, and they contained sparse literary elements. On the other hand, works like the Zuo Commentary, Conversations from the States, Intrigues of the Warring States, and Records from the Outlying Yue, written by those from the social class of the Elite during the Warring States period, were from more complex sources.

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