Columbia Literary History of the United States

Columbia Literary History of the United States

by Emory Elliott
     
 

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This is the first comprehensive English study of Sung Chinese historical consciousness. Written by leading Sung scholars in the United States, Europe, Japan and Taiwan, the eleven articles in this collection seek to understand how Sung scholars perceived the past.

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This is the first comprehensive English study of Sung Chinese historical consciousness. Written by leading Sung scholars in the United States, Europe, Japan and Taiwan, the eleven articles in this collection seek to understand how Sung scholars perceived the past.

Editorial Reviews

Paul Fussell
Thoroughly up-to-date in understanding and attitude, this new literary history is refreshingly contentious and crammed with bright and bold reevaluations. It is intellectually challenging and socially and politically provocative.
Library Journal
Given the publisher's prestige and the numerous contributors, most libraries will regard this new literary history as a necessary purchase. And it probably is necessary. One regrets, however, certain editorial decisions. For example, there is no bibliography other than what is found in the essays themselves; in precision and number, these citations are not what one would expect of such histories. The decision to represent a ``variety of viewpoints'' and to permit ``considerable variation in approach, tone, and style'' caused huge variations in the value of the various essays. Most are standard scholarly fare, but some are simply too personal and subjective. This new history will replace Spiller's 40-year-old Literary History of the United States , since Spiller does not reflect new critical emphases that have emerged in the past 20 years. Peter Dollard, Alma Coll. Lib., Mich.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231067805
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
07/21/1988
Edition description:
collector's edition
Pages:
1263
Product dimensions:
6.84(w) x 10.01(h) x 2.55(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Murray S. Martin
This history summarizes where we are now and opens to us the many riches of the past, without attempting to present its findings for a single critical or dogmatic perspective or to establish a canon. Indeed a signal contribution to literary history.

Anthony Burgess

This literature is surveyed in the Columbia Literary History at such length, and with such skill, that it defeats the reviewer's duty to seek faults...

— The Atlantic

The Atlantic - Anthony Burgess
This literature is surveyed in the Columbia Literary History at such length, and with such skill, that it defeats the reviewer's duty to seek faults...

Meet the Author

Thomas H. C. Lee is Professor and Director of Asian Studies Program at the City College of The City University of New York. He has written extensively on traditional Chinese intellectual and educational history. Currently he is heading an international project on Chinese and comparative historical thinking.

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