Three Kingdoms and Chinese Culture

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-01-01
  • Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
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This is the first book-length treatment in English of Three Kingdoms (Sanguo yanyi), often regarded as China's first great classical novel. Set in the historical period of the disunion (220-280 AD), Three Kingdoms fuses history and popular tradition to create a sweeping epic of heroism and political ambition. The essays in this volume explore the multifarious connections between Three Kingdoms and Chinese culture from a variety of disciplines, including history, literature, philosophy, art history, theater, cultural studies, and communications, demonstrating the diversity of backgrounds against which this novel can be studied.

Table of Contents

Foreword: The Language of Values in the Ming Novel Three Kingdomsp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
Three Kingdoms and Chinese Values
Cosmic Foreordination and Human Commitment: The Tragic Volition in Three Kingdomsp. 3
Essential Regrets: The Structure of Tragic Consciousness in Three Kingdomsp. 15
The Notion of Appropriateness (Yi) in Three Kingdomsp. 27
Three Kingdoms and Chinese History
The Beginning of the End: The Fall of the Han and the Opening of Three Kingdomsp. 43
Selected Historical Sources for Three Kingdoms: Reflections from Sima Guang's and Chen Liang's Reconstructions of Kongming's Storyp. 53
Three Kingdoms in Chinese Drama and Art
Zhuge Liang and Zhang Fei: Bowang shao tun and Competing Masculine Ideals within the Development of the Three Kingdoms Story Cyclep. 73
The Theme of Three Kingdoms in Chinese Popular Woodblock Printsp. 87
Three Kingdoms at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century: The Shanghai Jingju Company's Cao Cao and Yang Xiup. 111
Three Kingdoms in Contemporary East Asia
From Three Kingdoms the Novel to Three Kingdoms the Television Series: Gains, Losses, and Implicationsp. 125
The Reception and the Place of Three Kingdoms in South Koreap. 143
Studies of Three Kingdoms in the New Centuryp. 153
Bibliographyp. 167
List of Contributorsp. 179
Indexp. 183
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