Three Kingdoms and Chinese Culture

Three Kingdoms and Chinese Culture

by Kimberly Besio, Constatine Tung
     
 

ISBN-10: 0791470121

ISBN-13: 9780791470121

Pub. Date: 01/01/2008

Publisher: State University of New York Press

This is the first book-length treatment in English of Three Kingdoms (Sanguo yanyi), often regarded as China’s first great classical novel. Set in the historical period of the disunion (220–280 AD), Three Kingdoms fuses history and popular tradition to create a sweeping epic of heroism and political ambition. The essays in this volume explore the…  See more details below

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This is the first book-length treatment in English of Three Kingdoms (Sanguo yanyi), often regarded as China’s first great classical novel. Set in the historical period of the disunion (220–280 AD), Three Kingdoms fuses history and popular tradition to create a sweeping epic of heroism and political ambition. The essays in this volume explore the multifarious connections between Three Kingdoms and Chinese culture from a variety of disciplines, including history, literature, philosophy, art history, theater, cultural studies, and communications, demonstrating the diversity of backgrounds against which this novel can be studied.

Some of the most memorable episodes and figures in Chinese literature appear within its pages, and Three Kingdoms has had a profound influence on personal, social, and political behavior, even language usage, in the daily life of people in China today. The novel has inspired countless works of theater and art, and, more recently, has been the source for movies and a television series. Long popular in other countries of East Asia, such as Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, Three Kingdoms has also been introduced to younger generations around the globe through a series of extremely popular computer games. This study helps create a better understanding of the work’s unique place in Chinese culture.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791470121
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Series:
SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
219
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Language of Values in the Ming Novel Three Kingdoms   Moss Roberts     vii
Acknowledgments     xv
Introduction   Kimberly Besio   Constantine Tung     xvii
Three Kingdoms and Chinese Values
Cosmic Foreordination and Human Commitment: The Tragic Volition in Three Kingdoms   Constantine Tung     3
Essential Regrets: The Structure of Tragic Consciousness in Three Kingdoms   Dominic Cheung     15
The Notion of Appropriateness (Yi) in Three Kingdoms   Jiyuan Yu     27
Three Kingdoms and Chinese History
The Beginning of the End: The Fall of the Han and the Opening of Three Kingdoms   George A. Hayden     43
Selected Historical Sources for Three Kingdoms: Reflections from Sima Guang's and Chen Liang's Reconstructions of Kongming's Story   Hoyt Cleveland Tillman     53
Three Kingdoms in Chinese Drama and Art
Zhuge Liang and Zhang Fei: Bowang shao tun and Competing Masculine Ideals within the Development of the Three Kingdoms Story Cycle   Kimberly Besio     73
The Theme of Three Kingdoms in Chinese Popular Woodblock Prints   Catherine Pagani     87
Three Kingdoms at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century: The Shanghai Jingju Company's Cao Cao and Yang Xiu   Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak     111
Three Kingdoms inContemporary East Asia
From Three Kingdoms the Novel to Three Kingdoms the Television Series: Gains, Losses, and Implications   Junhao Hong     125
The Reception and the Place of Three Kingdoms in South Korea   Jinhee Kim     143
Studies of Three Kingdoms in the New Century   Bojun Shen$dTranslated by Kimberly Besio     153
Bibliography     167
List of Contributors     179
Index     183

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