Three Kingdoms and Chinese Culture

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A multi-disciplinary exploration of China’s first great classical novel, Three Kingdoms, and its influence on Chinese culture.
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...the editors have done a good service with a well-edited volume, for which they should be congratulated.— Journal of Asian Studies

"...Three Kingdoms and Chinese Culture succeeds in living up to the promise of its title. The reader is given a wonderfully rich volume on the dramatic conflicts within the novel, its relationship with preceding historiography, its cultural manifestations in art, drama and performance arts in imperial times, and its fresh recreations in modern-day television drama, software games, and multimedia in China and East Asia. This book will be of great interest to anyone who wants to understand why modern Chinese venerate their ancient culture and how traditional values are interpreted and reinvented in contemporary contexts."— Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies

"Three Kingdoms is one of the greatest novels in all Chinese literature. This volume addresses it from historical, philosophical, literary, theatrical, military tactical, and popular cultural perspectives and is a significant and useful companion to Moss Roberts' English translation of the novel."— Jan W. Walls, coeditor and cotranslator of Classical Chinese Myths
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791470121
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Series: SUNY series in Chinese Philosophy and Culture
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 219
  • Sales rank: 1,029,583
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kimberly Besio is Associate Professor of East Asian Studies at Colby College.

Constantine Tung is Associate Professor Emeritus of Chinese Language and Literature at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York and the coeditor (with Colin Mackerras) of Drama in the People’s Republic of China, also published by SUNY Press.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: The Language of Values in the Ming Novel Three Kingdoms
Moss Roberts


Kimberly Besio and Constantine Tung

Part I Three Kingdoms and Chinese Values

1. Cosmic Foreordination and Human Commitment: The Tragic Volition in Three Kingdoms
Constantine Tung

2. Essential Regrets: The Structure of Tragic Consciousnessin in Three Kingdoms
Dominic Cheung

3. The Notion of Appropriateness (Yi) in Three Kingdoms
Jiyuan Yu

Part II Three Kingdoms and Chinese History

4. The Beginning of the End: The Fall of the Han and the Opening of Three Kingdoms
George A. Hayden

5. Selected Historical Sources for Three Kingdoms: Reflections from Sima Guang’s and Chen Liang’s Reconstructions of Kongming’s Story
Hoyt Cleveland Tillman

Part III Three Kingdoms in Chinese Drama and Art

6. Zhuge Liang and Zhang Fei: Bowang shao tun and Competing Masculine Ideals within the Development of the Three Kingdoms Story Cycle
Kimberly Besio

7. The Theme of Three Kingdoms in Chinese Popular Woodblock Prints
Catherine Pagani

8. Three Kingdoms at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century: The Shanghai Jingju Company’s Cao Cao and Yang Xiu
Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak

Part IV Three Kingdoms in Contemporary East Asia

9. From Three Kingdoms the Novel to Three Kingdoms the Television Series: Gains, Losses, and Implications
Junhao Hong

10. The Reception and Place of Three Kingdoms in South Korea
Jinhee Kim

11. Studies of Three Kingdoms in the New Century
Bojun Shen
Translated by Kimberly Besio

List of Contributors

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