Hawaii Reader in Traditional Chinese Culture / Edition 1

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"The Hawai'i Reader in Traditional Chinese Culture is a collection of more than ninety primary sources of cultural significance from the Bronze Age to the turn of the twentieth century. Each selection, all but a few of which were translated specifically for this volume, is preceded by a brief introduction that (where pertinent) identifies its author, establishes the context, and raises important issues and questions. Together they take into account virtually every aspect of traditional culture, including sources from the non-Sinitic ethnic minorities." Hawai'i Reader in Traditional Chinese Culture is ideal for undergraduate courses on the history, culture, and society of pre-modern China.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824827854
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 8/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 744
  • Sales rank: 1,277,178
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 1.58 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Shang Dynasty oracle-bone inscriptions 8
2 Shang and Zhou ritual bronze inscriptions 13
3 Astronomy in early Chinese sources 18
4 Milfoil-divination 28
5 Heaven's mandate 32
6 The Odes 35
7 Confucius and the birth of Chinese philosophy 45
8 The challenge of Mo Zi 51
9 Mencius's defense of Confucianism 56
10 The Great learning, Doctrine of the mean, and Five forms of conduct 63
11 The world of the Zuozhuan 72
12 The tradition of the Daode jing 78
13 Zhuang Zi 87
14 The paradoxes of Hui Shi and others 96
15 The Lyrics of Chu and the aesthetic of shamanism 99
16 Filial piety 106
17 The Methods of war of Sun Wu and Sun Bin 113
18 Xun Zi and the Confucian way 121
19 Early discussions of music and literature 130
20 Vestments of mourning 134
21 Han Fei Zi and his antecedents 137
22 Anecdotes from the warring states 143
23 The laws of Qin before the empire 147
24 The rise and fall of the Qin empire 151
25 Huang-Lao 161
26 The five phases 164
27 The Xiongnu, raiders from the steppe 169
28 Sima Qian, "account of the legendary physician Bian Que" 174
29 Sima Qian, "letter to Ren An" 179
30 The rationalism of Wang Chong 183
31 Admonitions for women 186
32 Zhang Heng, "western metropolis rhapsody" 190
33 Scripture on great peace (Taiping jing) 225
34 Cao Pi, "A discourse on literature" 231
35 Legends of Confucius 234
36 Medicines from The divine husbandman's canon of materia medica 239
37 Huangfu Mi, preface to and biographies from Accounts of high-minded men 242
38 The seven worthies of the bamboo grove 251
39 Lu Bao, "On the money god" 256
40 Xie Lingyun, preface to Record of excursions to famous mountains 260
41 Fan Ye, preface to "Accounts of disengaged persons" 262
42 Buddhism and language in early-medieval China 265
43 Buddhism and indigenous Chinese culture 270
44 Early-medieval stories of filial piety 278
45 The elevation of belles letters 282
46 Legends of The original vow of the Bodhisattva of the earth sanctuary 288
47 Selections from the Platform sutra of the sixth patriarch 295
48 Sima Guang, "The battle of Mang mountain" 300
49 "The tale of Master Yuan of Mount Lu" 304
50 Tang poems as vehicles for ideas 340
51 Dou Yi, a mid-Tang businessman 349
52 Hah Yu, "A memorial on the relic of the Buddha" 355
53 Han Yu, "The original way" 359
54 The first recorded Cinderella story 363
55 Late-Tang foreign relations : the Uyghur Crisis 368
56 Political and economic problems concerning Buddhism 377
57 Guo Xi (attrib), "Advice on landscape" 380
58 Su Shi, "Parable of the sun" 388
59 Zhu Qiqian, "A song dynasty silk-tapestry bag with strap" 390
60 Fang Lue, "Inscription for the temple of auspicious response" 392
61 The discovery of crystallized sugar 399
62 Recollections of the northern Song capital 405
63 Zhang Jiucheng's explanation of Zhang Zai's "Western inscription" 423
64 Zhu Xi, introduction to the Redacted centrality and commonality 426
65 Dragons, tigers, and elixirs : alchemy in medieval China 429
66 The autobiographical sermon of Zuqin 433
67 Vernacular paraphrases of the classics for the Mongol rulers 437
68 Yuan-period medical cases 440
69 Ni Zan, Cloud forest hall collection of rules for drinking and eating 444
70 Tang Shi, "Lament for a Song girl," four stanzas 456
71 Wang Yangming, "Inquiry on the great learning" 458
72 In praise of martyrs : widow-suicide in late-imperial China 461
73 Lu Xixing (attrib.), Romance of the investiture of the gods 467
74 Imperial preface to the Revised edition of the collected statutes of the Ming 490
75 Schools and civil service in the Ming Dynasty 494
76 Accounts of Bengal in Extensive records on four foreign lands 505
77 Chen Zongyou, Exposition of the original Shaolin staff method 514
78 Li Yu, "A handful of snow" 517
79 Shen Cheng, "A requiem for my daughter Zhen" 525
80 Zhang Maozi, A record of life beyond my due 528
81 Feng Menglong, preface to the Mountain Songs 539
82 Fang Yizhi, introduction to Notes on the principle of things 543
83 Gu Yanwu, preface to Five treatises on phonology 545
84 Yu Yonghe, Small sea travelogue (excerpts) 548
85 Miao albums 563
86 Yuan Mei, champion of individual taste 567
87 Gesar of Ling 574
88 To hell and back : a nineteenth-century fable 603
89 Biographies of exemplary women 607
90 Kang Youwei, "An investigation into the reforms of Confucius" 614
91 Lu Xun, An outsider's chats about written language 617
92 Xu Bing, "The living word" 642
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