Monday, June 9, 2014

Transmitting Authority: Wang Tong (ca. 584–617) and the Zhongshuo in Medieval China’s Manuscript Culture 王通‧中說

Ding Xiang Warner

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Transmitting Authority investigates the rise and fall of the cultural currency of the Confucian teacher Wang Tong (ca. 584–617), a.k.a. Master Wenzhong, in the five centuries following his death, by examining the textual and social history of the Zhongshuo, which purports to record Wang Tong’s teachings. Incorporating theories and methodologies from textual criticism, the history of the book, and cultural studies, Warner reveals evidence of the Zhongshuo’s textual fluidity during the Tang and early Song dynasties, and argues that this fluidity attended the shifting terms of the Zhongshuo’s cultural value for medieval China’s literati culture. In doing so, Warner offers scholars a model for the study of other works whose textual problems and historical significance have hitherto seemed inscrutable.

Table of Contents:
Introduction. The enimatic case of the Zhongshuo

Part One. Assessing textual authority
The transmission history of the Zhongshuo, seventh through eleventh centuries
Features, problems, and puzzles in the received Zhongshuo

Part Two. Interpreting cultural authority
The genesis of a Confucian master's legacy
The cultivation of a family legacy


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