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Love and War in Ancient China: Voices from the Shijing 古代中國的愛與戰爭:《詩經》之聲

Author: 
William S-Y.WANG

Publication Year:
2013

Publisher:
City University of Hong Kong Press

Abstract:
More than any other treasure, Shijing contains the historical roots of China, from which much of modern culture grew. From a lovelorn young man to an aging woman spurned by her wedded husband, from an elder statesman admonishing a young sovereign, to foot-soldiers facing the unspeakable fate of sacrificial burial, the love and war in Shijing serves as a key to unlock the cultural roots of Ancient China.

The book presents the reader with a fascinating glimpse of the peoples of Ancient China by analyzing many poems in Shijing and discussing aspects of culture and events reflected in the poems from a wide range of disciplines, including archeology, ethnography, history and linguistics.

Reading this book will enhance the general reader s knowledge of Chinese culture as well as familiarity with the language as a bare-bone . Minimalist English translation is used which enables readers to get closer to and gain a better sense and flavor of the original text.

Table of Contents:

Introduction
Part 1
Chapter 1   A Magic Portal 
Chapter 2   Battle of Muye 
Chapter 3   Two Warriors: Fuhao and Shaohu
Chapter 4   Structure of the Shijing

Part 2
Chapter 5   Legacy of the Shijing 
Chapter 6   Love in the Shijing: Guan Ju 
Chapter 7   Love Requited and Unrequited 
Chapter 8   Injustice in Death 
Chapter 9   Femmes Fatales and Miracle Births 
Chapter 10 Affairs of State: Praise, Complaint, and Admonishment 

Chapter 11 Across Time and Cultures 



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