Finding Wisdom in East Asian Classics

Finding Wisdom in East Asian Classics

By: William Theodore De Bary (editor)Paperback

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Finding Wisdom in East Asian Classics is an essential, all-access guide to the core texts of East Asian civilization and culture. Essays address frequently read, foundational texts in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese, as well as early modern fictional classics and nonfiction works of the seventeenth century. Building strong links between these writings and the critical traditions of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism, this volume shows the vital role of the classics in the shaping of Asian history and in the development of the humanities at large. Wm. Theodore de Bary focuses on texts that have survived for centuries, if not millennia, through avid questioning and contestation. Recognized as perennial reflections on life and society, these works represent diverse historical periods and cultures and include the Analects of Confucius, Mencius, Laozi, Xunxi, the Lotus Sutra, Tang poetry, the Pillow Book, The Tale of Genji, and the writings of Chikamatsu and Kaibara Ekken. Contributors explain the core and most commonly understood aspects of these works and how they operate within their traditions. They trace their reach and reinvention throughout history and their ongoing relevance in modern life. With fresh interpretations of familiar readings, these essays inspire renewed appreciation and examination. In the case of some classics open to multiple interpretations, de Bary chooses two complementary essays from different contributors. Expanding on debates concerning the challenges of teaching classics in the twenty-first century, several pieces speak to the value of Asia in the core curriculum. Indispensable for early scholarship on Asia and the evolution of global civilization, Finding Wisdom in East Asian Classics helps one master the major texts of human thought.

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Wm. Theodore de Bary is the John Mitchell Mason Professor Emeritus and provost emeritus of Columbia University and past president of the Association for Asian Studies. He has written extensively on Confucianism in East Asia and is the coeditor of Sources of East Asian Tradition, Sources of Chinese Tradition, Sources of Japanese Tradition, and Sources of Korean Tradition.


Preface. The Great "Civilized" Conversation: Cases in Point, by Wm. Theodore de Bary1. Asian Classics as the Great Books of the East, by Wm. Theodore de Bary2. Asia in the Core Curriculum, by Wm. Theodore de Bary3. Why We Read the Analects of Confucius, by Wm. Theodore de Bary4. Mencius, by Irene Bloom5. Laozi, by Franciscus Verellen6. Zhuangzi, by Paul Contino7. Xunzi, by Wm. Theodore de Bary8. The Lotus Sutra, by Wing-tsit Chan9. The Teaching of Vimalakirti, by Robert A. F. Thurman10(a). The Platform Sutra of the Sixth Patriarch, by Philip Yampolsky10(b). The Platform Sutra as a Chinese Classic, by Wm. Theodore de Bary11. Tang Poetry: A Return to Basics, by Burton Watson12. Journey to the West, by C. T. Hsia13. A Dream of Red Mansions, by C. T. Hsia14. Zhu Xi and the Four Books, by Wm. Theodore de Bary15. Waiting for the Dawn: Huang Zongxi's Critique of the Chinese Dynastic System(Wm. Theodore de Bary16(a). The Tale of Genji as a Japanese and World Classic, by Haruo Shirane16(b). Passion and Poignancy in The Tale of Genji, by Wm. Theodore de Bary17. The Pillow Book, by Wm. Theodore de Bary18. Kamo no Chomei's "An Account of My Hut", by Paul Anderer19. The Tale of the Heike, by Paul Varley20(a). Kenko's Essays in Idleness, by Donald Keene20(b). Kenko and Montaigne in Tandem, by James Mirollo21(a). The Poetry of Matsuo Basho, by Haruo Shirane21(b). Matsuo Basho, by Donald Keene22. Chikamatsu, by Donald Keene23. Saikaku's Five Women Who Loved Love, by Wm. Theodore de Bary24. Kaibara Ekken's Precepts for Daily Life in Japan, by Mary Evelyn Tucker25. The Contemporary Meaning of T'oegye's Ten Diagrams on Sage Learning, by Michael C. Kalton26. The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyong, by JaHyun Kim Haboush27. The Song of the Faithful Wife Ch'unhyang, by Rachel E. Chung28. Reading and Teaching The Tale of Kieu, by Conrad SchirokauerIndex

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  • publication date: 15/07/2011
  • ISBN13: 9780231153973
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 432
  • ID: 9780231153973
  • weight: 454
  • ISBN10: 023115397X

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