The Norton Critical Edition aims to situate the historical figure of Kongzi, the legendary figure of Confucius, and the Analects (or Lunyu), the single most influential book ascribed to the Master's circle of disciples, within their evolving ethical, cultural, and political contexts. Simon Leys’s acclaimed translation and notes are accompanied by Michael Nylan’s insightful introduction.
Eleven essays by leading experts in the field of Chinese studies discuss a broad range of issues relating to the Analects, from the origins of the classicists (Ru) and the formation of the Analects text to the use (and abuse) of the Master’s iconic image in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Asian, diasporic, and Western settings. Collectively, these readings suggest that the Confucius we thought we knew is not the Kongzi of record and that this Kongzi is a protean figure given to rapid change and continual reevaluation.
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The Text of The Analects
Nicolas Zufferey • On the Ru and Confucius
Robert Eno • In Search of the Origins of Confucian Traditions in Lu
Mark Csikszentmihalyi and Tae Hyun Kim • The Formation of the Analects
Eric L. Hutton • Mencius, Xunzi, and the Legacy of Confucius
Luke Habberstad • The Sage and His Associates: Kongzi and Disciples across Early Texts
Julia K. Murray • Visualizing Confucius and His Disciples from the Analects
Thomas Wilson • Reading the Analects in the Sage’s Courtyard: A Modern Diner’s Guide to an Ancient Feast
Sébastien Billioud and Vincent Goossaert • Confucius and his Texts: A Century of Crisis and Reinventions
Yuming He • Talking Back to the Master: Play and Subversion in Entertainment Uses of the Analects
Henry Rosemont Jr. • On “New Confucianism”
Sam Ho • Confucius on Film: Toward a Confucian Aesthetic