Lost T'Ai-Chi Classics From The Late Ch'Ing Dynasty

Lost T'Ai-Chi Classics From The Late Ch'Ing Dynasty

by Douglas Wile
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791426548

ISBN-13: 9780791426548

Pub. Date: 08/15/1996

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Analysis of rich new material allows Wile to make a fresh survey of longstanding issues: the origins of T'ai-chi; the authorship of the classics; the differences between Wu, Yang, and Li; and the roles of such figures as Chang San-feng, Wang Tsung-yueh, Chiang Fa, and the formerly missing link, Ch'ang Nai-chou.

Douglas Wile translates and analyzes four

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Analysis of rich new material allows Wile to make a fresh survey of longstanding issues: the origins of T'ai-chi; the authorship of the classics; the differences between Wu, Yang, and Li; and the roles of such figures as Chang San-feng, Wang Tsung-yueh, Chiang Fa, and the formerly missing link, Ch'ang Nai-chou.

Douglas Wile translates and analyzes four collections of recently released nineteenth-century manuscripts on T’ai-chi ch’uan. These writings of Wu’s older brothers Ch’eng-ch’ing and Ju-ch’ing, and his nephew Li I-yu, together with the transmissions of Yang Pan-hou, represent a significant addition to the seminal literature. The rich new texts allow us to make a fresh survey of longstanding issues in T’ai-chi history: the origins of the art; the authorship of the “classics;” the differences between Wu, Yang, and Li; and the roles of Chang San-feng, Wang Tsung-yueh, Chiang Fa, and the formerly missing link, Ch’ang Nai-chou. The original Chinese texts of the four new sets of classics have been appended for the convenience of Chinese readers and scholars.

The book reconsiders the world of the Wu, Yang, and Li families of Yung-nien and reconstructs it against the background of the Opium Wars, the Taiping Rebellion, and the decline of the Manchu dynasty. New biographical sources illuminate the domestic and political lives of the Yung-nien circle and their orientation to the late imperial intellectual trends. The development of T’ai-chi ch’uan in the nineteenth century is explored in the context of China’s cultural response to the challenge of the West and the role of body-centered arts in Asia during the drive for independence and the ongoing search for national identity.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791426548
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/15/1996
Series:
Series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
667,379
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Note on Transliteration

Note on Illustrations

Introduction

I Social and Historical Background of T'ai-Chi Ch'uan in the Nineteenth Century

China and the Nations

Rebellion at Home

The North China Plain

Elite Culture

Late Ch'ing Intellectual Trends

Reexamining the Biography of Wu Yü-hsiang

Approaches to Understanding Wu and Li Involvement in T'ai-chi Ch'üan

II Textual Tradition of the T'ai-Chi Classics

III Analysis and Translation of the New Texts

The Writings of Wu Ch'eng-ch'ing

Analysis of the Texts

Translation of the Texts

The Writings of Wu Ju-ch'ing

Analysis of the Texts

Translation of the Texts

The Writings of Li I-yü

Analysis of the Texts

Translation of the Texts

Yang Family Forty Chapters

4/1 Analysis of the Texts

4/2 Translation of the Texts

IV Significance of the New Texts

Authorship of the Previously Received Classics

Authenticity of the New Texts

Dijfferences between the Wu/Li and Yang Editions of the Classics

Authorship of the Bookstall Classics

Historicity of Chang San-feng

Historicity and Role of Wang Tsung-yüeh

Period and Role of Chiang Fa

Paucity of Theoretical Texts in Ch'en Village

Chang Nai-chou and the Wu/Li Classics

Survival of Manuscripts in the Wu and Li Families

Conclusion

Appendix I. Original Chinese Texts for the Lost Classics

Appendix II. Textual and Biographical Studies

Notes

Glossary

Bibliography

Index

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