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From Chronicle to Canon
The Hermeneutics of the Spring and Autumn according to Tung Chung-shu

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  • Date Published: April 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521612135

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  • Every general account of the development of Chinese thought makes mention of Tung Chung-shu (195-105 BCE) as one of the pivotal philosophers of the Han. His Luxuriant Gems of the Spring and Autumn established the first state-sponsored Confucian orthodoxy, and created a view of the ruler and his role in government that was focal in political discussion for two thousand years. The author has carefully scrutinized this text for authenticity, and her book represents the most systematic account yet of Tung Chung-shu's importance in Chinese philosophy and religion.

    • Analyses the work and life of the founder of Han Confucianism
    • Wider aim is to place Confucianism in the context of religious studies, more generally
    • Careful analysis of the text's authenticity and its role as scripture
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This study of Tung Chung-shu is welcomed and valuable to scholars of Chinese cosmological concerns and Han historical materials. For those interested in scripture debate, this volume furthers those issues in the Chinese context." Linda L. Lam-Easton, Religious Studies Review

    "...this investigation describes him as a reformer and religious architect of the role of sage king in the Confucian system....[Queen] allows the reader to rethink much about the interrelation of politics and government....This book will prove valuable to scholars and students of culture because of its concise study of the way children are given an introduction and education into their religious and traditional background." Linda L. Lam-Easton, Religious Studies Review

    "I would like to congratulate Sarah Queen upon her work in From Chronicle to Canon. It represents a solid achievement, upon which students of HAn will surely build." Michael Nylan, Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies

    "...From Chronicle to Canon provides a strong and definitive basis for further studies of both Dong and Han Dynasty uses of the Chunqiu in general." Mark Csikszentmihalyi, The Review of Politics

    "This important book...adds to what we know and understand about Tung Chung-shu, and points the way to fruitful further investigations." John S. Major, Journal of Chinese Religions

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521612135
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.457kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. Three Perspectives on the Authenticity of the Ch'un-ch'iu fan-lu:
    2. A biography of Tung Chung-shu
    3. A history of Tung Chung-shu's literary corpus
    4. The authorship of the Ch'un-ch'iu fan-lu
    Part II. Exegesis and Canonization:
    5. The Spring and Autumn and Kung-yang tradition
    6. Reforming the Ch'in laws
    7. The wider circle of Han jurisprudence
    8. Refashioning the imperial rites
    9. Canon, cosmos, and court patronage
    10. Conclusion
    Part III. Appendices: Appendix 1. The birth and death dates of Tung Chung-shu
    Appendix 2. The dates of the Han-shu 56 memorials
    Appendix 3. Han transmission of Kung-yang learning
    Appendix 4. Han dynasty disciples of Tung Chung-shu
    Appendix 5. Citations and titles attributed to Tung Chung-shu
    Appendix 6. Transmission of Ch'un-ch'iu fan-lu editions.

  • Author

    Sarah A. Queen, Connecticut College

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