Tang Dynasty Tales

ISBN-10: 9814287288
ISBN-13: 9789814287289
Edition: 2010
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Book details

List price: $48.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd
Publication date: 7/23/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 340
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

The book begins with a history of previous translations of Tang tales, surveying how Chinese scholarship has shaped the reception and rendition of these texts in the West. in that context, Tang Dynasty Tales offers the first annotated translations of six major tales (often called chuanqi, "transmitting the strange") which are interpreted specifically for students and scholars interested in medieval Chinese literature. Following the model of intertextual readings that Glen Dudbridge introduced in his the Tale of Li Wa (Oxford, 1983), the annotation points to resonances with classical texts, while setting the tales in the political world of their time; the "Translator's Notes" that follow each translation explain how these resonances and topical contexts expand the meaning of the text. Each translation is also supported by a short glossary of original terms from the tale and a bibliography guiding the reader to further studies. The meticulous scholarship of this book elevates it above all existing collections of these stories, and the inclusion of a history of the translation work in the west, intended for graduate students, researchers, and other translators, broadens the collections' appeal.

Ssu-ma Ch'ien (145--ca. 86 B.C.) served for several decades as an official at the court of the Han Emperor Wu (r. 141--87 B.C.). From about 104 B.C. until his death he was involved in the compilation of a mammoth historical project that resulted in this history which came to be known as the Shih chi (The Grand Scribe's Records).William H. Nienhauser, Jr., is the Halls-Bascom Professor of Classical Chinese Literature at the University of Wisconsin--Madison. He is author of The Indiana Companion to Traditional Chinese Literature (IUP, two volumes, 1985; 1998) and editor of five previous volumes of The Grand Scribe's Records.

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Notes for a History of the Translation of Tang Tales
Note on the Translations
"The Tale of Hongxian"
"Du Zichun"
"Record within a Pillow"
"An Account of the Governor of the Southern Branch"
"The Tale of the Curly-Bearded Guest"
"The Tale of Huo Xiaoyu"
Biographical Sketches of the Translators
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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