The Resource Strange writing : anomaly accounts in early medieval China, Robert Ford Campany

Strange writing : anomaly accounts in early medieval China, Robert Ford Campany

Label
Strange writing : anomaly accounts in early medieval China
Title
Strange writing
Title remainder
anomaly accounts in early medieval China
Statement of responsibility
Robert Ford Campany
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • chi
  • eng
Summary
  • Who were the authors of these books, and why did they write of these "strange" matters? Why was such writing seen as a compelling thing to do? In this book, the first comprehensive study in a Western language of the zhiguai genre in its formative period, Campany sets forth a new view of the nature of the genre and the reasons for its emergence. He shows that contemporaries portrayed it as an extension of old royal and imperial traditions in which strange reports from the periphery were collected in the capital as a way of ordering the world. He illuminates how authors writing from most of the religious and cultural perspectives of the times - including Daoists, Buddhists, Confucians, and others - used the genre differently for their own persuasive purposes, in the process fundamentally altering the old traditions of anomaly-collecting. Analyzing the "accounts of anomalies" both in the context of Chinese religious and cultural history and as examples of a cross culturally attested type of discourse, Campany combines in depth Sinological research with broad-ranging comparative thinking in his approach to these puzzling, rich texts
  • Between the Han dynasty, founded in 206 B.C.E., and the Sui, which ended in 618 C.E., Chinese authors wrote many thousands of short textual items, each of which narrated or described some phenomenon deemed "strange." Most items told of encounters between humans and various denizens of the spirit world, or of the miraculous feats of masters of esoteric arts; some described the wonders of exotic lands, or transmitted fragments of ancient mythology. This genre of writing came to be known as zhiguai ("accounts of anomalies")
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Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
895.1/30876609
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
PL2629.F35
LC item number
C36 1996eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
SUNY series in Chinese philosophy and culture
Label
Strange writing : anomaly accounts in early medieval China, Robert Ford Campany
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 403-449) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Anomaly and Cosmography in Comparative Perspective -- 2. Anomaly Accounts in Early Medieval China: Genre and Texts -- 3. Justifying the Strange: The Warrant for the Genre of Anomaly Accounts -- 4. The Making of the Texts: Who, How, Why -- 5. The Description and Narration of Anomaly: Cosmographic Poetics -- 6. Modes of Anomaly: Cosmographic Logic -- 7. Strange Persuasions: Cosmographic Rhetoric -- 8. Reciprocity across Boundaries: Cosmographic Ethics
Control code
ocm42854730
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xii, 524 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585042749
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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.b27343546
Specific material designation
remote
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  • (OCoLC)42854730
  • ebscoaca0585042748

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