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The Resource The letter to Ren An & Sima Qian's legacy, Stephen Durrant, Wai-yee Li, Michael Nylan, Hans Van Ess

The letter to Ren An & Sima Qian's legacy, Stephen Durrant, Wai-yee Li, Michael Nylan, Hans Van Ess

Label
The letter to Ren An & Sima Qian's legacy
Title
The letter to Ren An & Sima Qian's legacy
Statement of responsibility
Stephen Durrant, Wai-yee Li, Michael Nylan, Hans Van Ess
Title variation
Letter to Ren An and Sima Qian's legacy
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Contributor
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"'Surely, a man has but one death. That death may be as heavy as Mount Tai or as light as a goose feather. It is how he uses that death that makes all the difference!' So wrote Sima Qian (first century BCE), author of Record of the Historian (Shiji), the first comprehensive history of China's past, in his 'Letter to Ren An.' In this, the most famous letter in Chinese history, he explains his decision to finish his life's work, the first comprehensive history of the Chinese past, which was begun by his late father, rather than to honorably commit suicide following his castration for 'deceiving the emperor.' The authenticity of the letter, which is included in Sima Qian's biography in Ban Gu's (CE 32-92) History of the Han Dynasty, has been debated for millennia. Is it a genuine piece of writing by Sima Qian addressed to a fellow sufferer who was himself languishing in prison and would die in 91 BCE? Or is it a very early work of literary impersonation whereby Ban Gu or a still earlier author sought to elucidate Sima Qian's reasoning through an epistle? Conceived as a text for Chinese history courses, this compact volume provides a full translation of the letter (along with the original Chinese text) and uses different interpretations of this key document to explore issues in textual history, epistolary culture, Han politics, and Han thought. It shows how ideas about friendship, loyalty, factionalism, and authorship encoded in the letter have far-reaching implications for the study of China"--Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1944-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Durrant, Stephen W.
Dewey number
931/.04
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
DS734.9.S8
LC item number
D875 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Li, Wai-yee
  • Nylan, Michael
  • Ess, Hans van
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sima, Qian
  • Sima, Qian
  • Sima, Qian
  • Sima, Qian
  • Historians
  • Chinese letters
  • Friendship
  • China
  • China
  • China
  • Sima, Qian
  • Authorship
  • Chinese letters
  • Friendship
  • Han Dynasty (China)
  • Historians
  • Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
  • Intellectual life
  • Politics and government
  • China
Label
The letter to Ren An & Sima Qian's legacy, Stephen Durrant, Wai-yee Li, Michael Nylan, Hans Van Ess
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-168) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Han dynasty emperors -- The letter to Ren An : english translation -- Seeking answers, finding more questions / Stephen Durrant -- Dissent against Emperor Wu of the Han / Hans van Ess -- Friendship and other tropes in The letter to Ren An / Michael Nylan -- The letter to Ren An and authorship in the Chinese tradition / Wai-yee Li -- Appendix: The letter to Ren An : Chinese text -- Glossary of Chinese characters
Control code
931798206
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 178 pages
Isbn
9780295995441
Lccn
2015037381
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)931798206
Label
The letter to Ren An & Sima Qian's legacy, Stephen Durrant, Wai-yee Li, Michael Nylan, Hans Van Ess
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-168) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Han dynasty emperors -- The letter to Ren An : english translation -- Seeking answers, finding more questions / Stephen Durrant -- Dissent against Emperor Wu of the Han / Hans van Ess -- Friendship and other tropes in The letter to Ren An / Michael Nylan -- The letter to Ren An and authorship in the Chinese tradition / Wai-yee Li -- Appendix: The letter to Ren An : Chinese text -- Glossary of Chinese characters
Control code
931798206
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 178 pages
Isbn
9780295995441
Lccn
2015037381
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)931798206

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