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Reading Sima Qian from Han to Song : the father of history in pre-modern China

Author: Esther Sunkyung Klein
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2019]
Series: Studies in the history of Chinese texts, v. 10.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Father of Chinese History, Esther Klein explores the life and work of the great Han dynasty historian Sima Qian as seen by readers from the Han to the Song dynasties. Today Sima Qian is viewed as both a tragic hero and a literary genius. Premodern responses to him were more equivocal: the complex personal emotions he expressed prompted readers to worry about whether his work as a historian was morally or  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Klein, Esther Sunkyung, 1975- author.
Reading Sima Qian from Han to Song
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2018]
(DLC) 2018044941
Named Person: Qian Sima; Qian Sima
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Esther Sunkyung Klein
ISBN: 9789004372931 9004372938
OCLC Number: 1043560895
Description: xi, 437 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
A record of doubts and difficulties --
Sima Qian's place in the textual world --
Subtle writing and piercing satire --
Creating and critiquing a Sima Qian romance --
A "true record" --
Finding truths in the Shiji's form --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Studies in the history of Chinese texts, v. 10.
Responsibility: by Esther Sunkyung Klein.

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"In Father of Chinese History, Esther Klein explores the life and work of the great Han dynasty historian Sima Qian as seen by readers from the Han to the Song dynasties. Today Sima Qian is viewed as both a tragic hero and a literary genius. Premodern responses to him were more equivocal: the complex personal emotions he expressed prompted readers to worry about whether his work as a historian was morally or politically acceptable. Klein demonstrates how controversies over the value and meaning of Sima Qian's work are intimately bound up with larger questions: How should history be written? What role does individual experience and self-expression play within that process? By what standards can the historian's choices be judged?"--

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