Confucius's Analects: An Advanced Reader of Chinese Language and Culture

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Based on a keystone of Chinese culture, this innovative textbook for teaching and learning Chinese language and culture at the advanced level combines classical and modern Chinese language skills, Chinese culture, and expository and narrative writing practice. Knowledge of classical Chinese is not a prerequisite.

A selection of 82 passages is grouped thematically into four parts-knowledge, morality, wisdom, and government-and covers Confucian teachings from personal cultivation to social contribution.


Quotations from the Analects, modern Chinese translations of these passages, short essays of exegesis that elaborate on the major points, and historical Chinese stories that illustrate the theme

Sections on vocabulary expansion from classical to modern words, 300 idioms and corresponding exercises, and function words

Extensive writing includes debate, composition, storytelling, and topical research-all requiring internet research

Audio files of recitation of the Analects passages by a native speaker are available online for free

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589016354
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 6/10/2010
  • Language: Chinese
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Zu-yan Chen is a professor of Chinese language and literature and director of the Confucius Institute at Binghamton University, SUNY. He is the co-author of Li Bai and Du Fu: An Advanced Reader of Chinese Language and Literature and Chinese through Song.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi

User's Guide xiii

Confucius and the Analects xvii

Part I Knowledge 1

1 Learning the Way 3

Porridge Cakes 7

2 Love for Learning 13

Lamp of Fireflies 16

3 The Four Prohibitions 23

A Doctor-Traveler 26

4 Inferring by Analogy 33

Tones of the Zither 36

5 The Ultimate Joy 43

The Plum Blossom Painter 46

Part II Morality 53

6 Filial Piety 55

Grandma and the Office 58

7 Righteousness and Profit 65

The Promissory Notes 68

8 Three Introspections Daily 75

Critics of the Emperor 78

9 Strength in Adversity 85

A Determined Historian 88

10 The Long Journey 95

Death of a Premier 98

Part III Wisdom 105

11 Self-Reliance 107

The Taste of Gall 110

12 Three Beneficial Friends 117

The Slashed Mat 120

13 Words and Deeds 127

Talking a Good Game 130

14 Advancing and Retreating 139

World and Island 142

15 Careers for Scholars 149

A Statesman of Four Reigns 152

Part IV Government 157

16 Governing with Virtue 159

A Palace without a Terrace 162

17 Sovereigns and Subjects 169

Three Visits to a Strategist 172

18 Exemplary Leaders 179

The Flying General 182

19 The Upright above the Crooked 189

A Tattooed General 192

20 Economy and Education 199

The Emperor's Dictionary 202

Appendix: English Translations of the Analects Passages 209

Vocabulary Index 223

Proper Names Index 257

Function Words Index 265

Idiom Index 283

Vocabulary Expansion Index 289

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