The Chinese Literary Canon: Exploring 3000 Years of History and Culture

The Chinese Literary Canon: Exploring 3000 Years of History and Culture

by Yu Quiyu


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ISBN-13: 9781627740920
Publisher: CN Times Books Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/2015
Pages: 456
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Born in 1946 in China's Zhejiang province, after graduating from the literature department of the Shanghai Theatre Academy in 1968, Yu became the youngest art professor in mainland Chinese history at age 39 in 1985, causing a great stir at the time. Later, he became the head of Shanghai Theater Academy and published a series of academic works for which he received numerous national awards. Although successful in his academic career, Yu felt he need to focus on Chinese culture and began a journey across China, visiting most of the cultural heritage sites in the country. His ensuing publication, "A Bitter Journey Through Culture," became a huge hit immediately following its first publication in 1992. The book became a cultural icon for Chinese readers, and his reflections on Chinese culture and his emotional writing style popularized a new literary style called the "cultural meditation essay" and a new phenomenon termed “YU Qiuyu culture”. Yu then embarked on another journey to visit the cradles of three great civilizations of the world. In 1999, Yu, along with Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV, visited a dozen countries, including Greece, Egypt, Israel and India. His travel notes and personal reflections of these civilizations were collected into another book called " A Sigh Of a Thousand Years." In the six months after that, he traveled to another 26 countries on his own and completed his book "Travel No End." In 2004, he was selected by Beijing University and China Talent Editorial as one of the top ten artistic talents of China and the representative of Chinese culture. In 2005, he was the only Chinese scholar invited to attend UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Forum. His book tours in Taiwan in 2005 attracted thousands of readers and the Taiwan media described his arrival as ‘the unimaginable YU Qiuyu tornado.” In recent years, he has been invited to lecture on Chinese culture and world civilization at prestigious institutions, including Harvard University, Yale University, University of Madrid and Washington Congress Library.

Table of Contents

Translator's Foreword vii

1 The Canon 1

2 Inking History 37

3 Imagining the Yellow Emperor 71

4 The Experience of Myth 85

5 Discovering the Ruins of Yin 95

6 Laozi and Confucius 109

7 Black Light 123

8 The Academy at Ji Gate 135

9 The First Poet 143

10 On Encountering Trouble: A Modern Reading 153

11 The Wellspring of History 161

12 The Family on the Edge of the Forest 175

13 The Songs That Ended in the Wei and Jin 187

14 In the Garden Far Away 207

15 The Road to the Tang 217

16 Buddhism 227

17 Chang'an, the Greatest City on Earth 243

18 Men of the Tang 253

19 Buried Treasure 277

20 The Outsider 297

21 Rupture 311

22 The 600-Year Slump 321

23 Writers in the Ghostlight 337

24 A World of Weasels 373

A Note on the Pronunciation of Chinese Names 391

Timeline of the Chinese Literary Canon 395

Index 397

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