Inscribed Landscapes Travel Writing from Imperial China

ISBN-10: 0520085809

ISBN-13: 9780520085800

Edition: 1994

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Description: Alongside the scores of travel books about China written by foreign visitors, Chinese travelers' impressions of their own country rarely appear in translation. This anthology is the only comprehensive collection in English of Chinese travel writing from the first century A.D. through the nineteenth. Early examples of the genre describe sites important for their geography, history, and role in cultural mythology, but by the T'ang dynasty in the mid-eighth century certain historiographical and poetic discourses converged to form the "travel account" (yu-chi) and later the "travel diary" (jih-chi) as vehicles of personal expression and autobiography. These first-person narratives provide rich material for understanding the attitudes of Chinese literati toward place, nature, politics, and the self. The anthology is abundantly illustrated with paintings, portraits, maps, and drawings. Each selection is meticulously translated, carefully annotated, and prefaced by a brief description of the writer's life and work. The entire collection is introduced by an in-depth survey of the rise of Chinese travel writing as a cultural phenomenon.Inscribed Landscapesprovides a unique resource for travelers as well as for scholars of Chinese literature, art, and history.

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List price: $52.95
Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 9/20/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 608
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 2.530
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Editorial Notes
Introduction: The Rise of Chinese Travel Writing
Ma Ti-po (n.d.)
From A Record of the Feng and Shan Sacrifices: The Supreme Mountain
Wang Hsi-chih (ca. 303-ca. 361)
Preface to Collected Poems from the Orchid Pavilion
Lay Scholars of Hermitage Mountain (fl. ca. 400)
Preface and Poem on a Journey to Stone Gate
Pao Chao (ca. 414-466)
A Letter to My Younger Sister from the Banks of Thunder Garrison
Li Tao-yuan (d. 527)
From The Guide to Waterways with Commentary
Meng's Gate Mountain
Lotus Mountain
The Three Gorges
Yang Hsuan-chih (fl. ca. 528-547)
From The Temples of Lo-yang: The Bazaar of Lo-yang
Hsuan-tsang (ca. 600-664)
From A Record of the Western Region: The Land of Baluka
Wang Po (ca. 650-ca. 676)
Preface to Poems from the Pavilion of the Prince of T'eng
Wang Wei (701-761)
A Letter from the Mountains to the "Cultivated Talent" P'ei Ti
Yuan Chieh (719-772)
The Right-hand Stream
The Winter Pavilion
My Own Terrace
Han Yu (768-824)
The Pavilion of Joyous Feasts
The I-ch'eng Station
Li Ao (772-836)
Diary of My Coming to the South
Po Chu-i (772-846)
The Cottage
Preface to Poems from the Cave of the Three Travelers
Liu Tsung-yuan (773-819)
Eight Pieces from Yung Prefecture
My First Excursion to West Mountain
Flatiron Pond
The Little Hill West of Flatiron Pond
To the Little Rock Pond West of the Little Hill
Yuan Creek
Stony Brook
Rocky Stream
Little Rock Citadel
Preface to Poems from Dimwit's Stream
Liu K'ai (947-1000)
Flat-Top Mountain
Fan Chung-yen (989-1052)
The Pavilion of Yueh-yang
Ou-yang Hsiu (1007-1072)
The Pavilion of the Old Drunkard
The Pavilion of Joyful Abundance
Su Shun-ch'in (1008-1048)
The Temple of the Moon-in-the-Water at Grotto Mountain in Su-chou
Wang An-shih (1021-1086)
The Mountain Where Hui-pao Meditated
Shen K'uo (1031-1095)
Geese Pond Mountain
Su Shih (1037-1101)
Red Cliff I
Red Cliff II
Stone Bells Mountain
From Tung-p'o's Forest of Jottings
Sandy Lake
An Evening Stroll to the Temple That Receives the Heavenly
An Account for Kuo of Our Visit to Mount White Water
Su Ch'e (1039-1112)
The Delightful Pavilion of Huang Prefecture
Ch'in Kuan (1049-1100)
Dragon Well I
Dragon Well II
Lu Yu (1125-1210)
From A Journey into Shu: The Cave of the Three Travelers
Fan Ch'eng-ta (1126-1193)
From Diary of a Boat Trip to Wu: Eyebrows Mountain
Chu Hsi (1130-1200)
The Mountain a Hundred Chang High
Yeh-lu Ch'u-ts'ai (1189-1243)
From Record of a Journey to the West
Yuan Hao-wen (1190-1257)
A Trip to Chi-nan
Ma Ko (fl. ca. 1224-1239)
Dragon Mountain
Chou Mi (1232-1298)
From Recollections of Wu-lin: Observing the Tidal Bore
Teng Mu (1247-1306)
Snow Gorge Mountain
Sa-Tu-La (Sa T'ien-hsi, ca. 1300-ca. 1380)
Dragon Gate
Sung Lien (1310-1381)
Bell Mountain
Liu Chi (1311-1375)
The Wind-in-the-Pines Pavilion I
The Wind-in-the-Pines Pavilion II
Kao Ch'i (1336-1374)
Flat-Top Mountain
Chang Chu-cheng (1525-1582)
Transverse Mountain
Wang Shih-chen (1526-1590)
Chang's Cave
Yuan Hung-tao (1568-1610)
Tiger Hill
Heaven's Eyes Mountain
An Evening Stroll to the Six Bridges to Await the Moon
Ch'ien Ch'ien-i (1582-1664)
From Yellow Emperor Mountain
Hsu Hung-tsu (1586-1641)
From The Travel Diaries of Hsu Hsia-k'o
Terrace of Heaven Mountain
Seven Stars Cavern
Chang Tai (ca. 1597-ca. 1679)
From Dreamlike Memories from the Studio of Contentment
The Juniper in the Temple of Confucius
An Inn in T'ai-an
West Lake at the Midsummer Festival
The Riverside Houses Along the Ch'in-huai
Romance at Twenty-four Bridges
The Yu Garden
The Relic at King Asoka Temple
Ku Yen-wu (1613-1682)
Five Terraces Mountain
Chu I-tsun (1629-1709)
The Chin Temple
Shao Ch'ang-heng (1637-1707)
An Evening Stroll to Solitary Hill
K'ung Shang-jen (1648-1718)
Stone Gate Mountain
Tai Ming-shih (1653-1713)
Diary of a Journey North in the Year I-hai
Fang Pao (1668-1749)
Geese Pond Mountain
Yuan Mei (1716-1798)
Yellow Dragon Mountain
Yellow Emperor Mountain
The Cascade Pavilion at Gorge River Temple
Yun Ching (1757-1817)
Hermitage Mountain
Kung Tzu-chen (1792-1841)
Passing through Yang-chou Again in the Sixth Month of the Year Chi-hai
Selected Bibliography
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