Eastern Canons: Approaches to the Asian Classics

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The essays gathered here, in addition to those by editors Wm. Theodore de Bary and Irene Bloob, are written by leading scholars of Asian cultures—among them Donald Keene, Peter Awn, Barbara Stoler Miller, Ainslie Embree, Burton Watson, C.T. Hsia, Paul Anderer, and others. They introduce classics from the Islamic, Indian, Chinese, and Japanese traditions, providing entree to texts which have emerged as monuments of Asian thought and literature. Among the works discussed are the Qu'ran, the philosophy of history of...

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Overview

The essays gathered here, in addition to those by editors Wm. Theodore de Bary and Irene Bloob, are written by leading scholars of Asian cultures—among them Donald Keene, Peter Awn, Barbara Stoler Miller, Ainslie Embree, Burton Watson, C.T. Hsia, Paul Anderer, and others. They introduce classics from the Islamic, Indian, Chinese, and Japanese traditions, providing entree to texts which have emerged as monuments of Asian thought and literature. Among the works discussed are the Qu'ran, the philosophy of history of Ibn Khaldun, the Upanishads, the epic Mahabarata, the philosopher Mencius, the Lotus Sutra, T'and Poetry, the Tale of Genji, and the poet Basho.

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Editorial Reviews

Anthony C. Yu
A work of great worth. . . . de Bary and Bloom present an eloquent and compelling argument for the inclusion of the Asian classics in any construction of a general curriculum for the American student by showing that in terms of content and canon, process and method, Asian classics can and should make crucial contributions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231070058
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 5/11/1995
  • Series: Companions to Asian Studies Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 395
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface, by Wm. Theodore de Bary1. Asia in the Core Curriculum, by Wm. Theodore de Bary2. Asian Classics as "The Great Books of the East", by Wm. Theodore de Bary3. Classics of the Islamic TraditionThe Qu'ran, by Peter AwnAttar - The Conference of the Birds, by James Winston MorrisAl-Ghazali, by Peter AwnIbn Khaldun, by Muhsin Mahdi4. Classics of the Indian TraditionThe Upanishads, by Joel BreretonThe Mahabharata, by Barbara Stoler MillerIndian and Greek Epics, by Robert AntoineSakuntala, by Barbara Stoler MillerGandhi's Autobiography, by Ainslie T. Embree5. Classics of the Chinese Tradition and BuddhismMencius, by Irene BloomLao Tzu, by Franciscus VerellenThe Lotus Sutra, by Wing-tsit ChanThe Vimalakirti Sutra, by Robert A.F. ThurmanThe Platform Sutra, by Philip YampolskyT'ang Poetry, by Burton WatsonA Dream of Red Mansions, by C.T. Hsia6. Classics of the Japanese TraditionThe Tale of Genji, by Haruo ShiraneKamo no Chomei's Ten Foot Square Hut, by Paul AndererThe Tale of the Heike, by H. Paul VarleyKenko: Essays in Idleness, by Donald KeeneThe Poetry of Matsuo Basho, by Haruo Shirane7. Symposium on the Oriental HumanitiesRobert GoldmanDavid JohnsonJonathan CottJohn Van DorenPauline YuPaul Anderer

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