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Wen xuan or Selections of Refined Literature, Volume III : Rhapsodies on Natural Phenomena, Birds and Animals, Aspirations and Feelings, Sorrowful Laments, Literature, Music, and Passions / Volume three, Rhapsodies on natural phenomena, birds and animals, aspirations and feelings, sorrowful laments, literature, music, and passions

Author: David R Knechtges; Tong Xiao
Publisher: Baltimore, Maryland : Project Muse, [Princeton, New Jersey] : [Princeton University Press], 2014. [2014]
Series: Princeton legacy library
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Wen xuan, compiled by Xiao Tong (501-531) is the oldest surviving anthologyr of Chinese literature arranged by genre. It contains a total of 761 pieces of prose and verse by 130 writers from the late Zhou dynasty to the Liang dynasty (ca. 4th century B.C. to 6th century A.D.) The selection includes most of the best examples of fu (rhapsodies) and shi (lyric poems) from the Han, Wei, Jin, and North-South  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Translations
Translations into English
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David R Knechtges; Tong Xiao
ISBN: 9781400864430 1400864437
OCLC Number: 1008560837
Notes: Translation of: Wen xuan.
Originally published: Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [1996], in series, Princeton library of Asian translations.
Description: 1 online resource (1 PDF (viii, 449 pages)).
Contents: Preface --
Introduction --
Wen Xuan --
Rhapsody G, natural phenomena --
Birds and animals, part I --
Birds and animals, part II --
Aspirations and feelings, part I --
Rhapsody H, aspirations and feelings, part II --
Aspirations and feelings, part III --
Sorrowful laments --
Rhapsody I, literature --
Music, part I --
Music, part II --
Rhapsody J, passions --
Biographical sketches --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Series Title: Princeton legacy library
Responsibility: Xiao Tong ; translated, with annotations and introduction by David R. Knechtges.

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The Wen xuan, compiled by Xiao Tong (501-531) is the oldest surviving anthologyr of Chinese literature arranged by genre. It contains a total of 761 pieces of prose and verse by 130 writers from the late Zhou dynasty to the Liang dynasty (ca. 4th century B.C. to 6th century A.D.) The selection includes most of the best examples of fu (rhapsodies) and shi (lyric poems) from the Han, Wei, Jin, and North-South Dynasties periods, as well as representative examples of other early genres such as letters, memorials, prefaces, imperial edicts, inscriptions, epitaphs, laments, elegies, and eulogies. This anthology was one of the primary sources of literary knowledge for educated Chinese in the premodern period, and it is still an essential work for specialists in classical Chinese literature. This volume completes the translation of the rhapsodies (chapters 13 through 19) and includes many important masterpieces of early Chinese literature such as the "Rhapsody on Literature" by Lu Ji, "Rhapsody on Contemplating the Mystery" by Zhang Heng, "Rhapsody on Dance" by Fu Yi, and "Rhapsody on the Zither" by Xi Kang.

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