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Author Durrant, Stephen W., 1944- author.

Title The letter to Ren An & Sima Qian's legacy / Stephen Durrant, Wai-Yee Li, Michael Nylan, Hans van Ess.

Publication Info. Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2016]


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Description xi, 178 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-168) and index.
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.
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.
Subject Sima, Qian, approximately 145 B.C.-approximately 86 B.C. -- Correspondence.
Historians -- China -- Correspondence.
Sima, Qian, approximately 145 B.C.-approximately 86 B.C. -- Criticism and interpretation.
Sima, Qian, approximately 145 B.C.-approximately 86 B.C. -- Authorship.
Sima, Qian, approximately 145 B.C.-approximately 86 B.C. -- Influence.
Chinese letters -- History and criticism.
Friendship -- China -- History -- To 1500 -- Sources.
China -- History -- Han dynasty, 202 B.C.-220 A.D.
China -- Politics and government -- 221 B.C.-220 A.D. -- Sources.
China -- Intellectual life -- 221 B.C.-960 A.D. -- Sources.
Sima, Qian, approximately 145 B.C.-approximately 86 B.C. (OCoLC)fst01847579
Authorship. (OCoLC)fst00822442
Chinese letters. (OCoLC)fst00857592
Friendship. (OCoLC)fst00935174
Han Dynasty (China) (OCoLC)fst01696746
Historians. (OCoLC)fst00957686
Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.) (OCoLC)fst00972484
Intellectual life. (OCoLC)fst00975769
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
China. (OCoLC)fst01206073
Chronological Term To 1500
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Records and correspondence. (OCoLC)fst01423917
Sources. (OCoLC)fst01423900
Added Author Li, Wai-yee, author.
Nylan, Michael, author.
Ess, Hans van, author.
Added Title Letter to Ren An and Sima Qian's legacy
ISBN 9780295995441 (hardcover ; acid-free paper)
0295995440 (hardcover ; acid-free paper)
Standard No. 40025926460

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