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Classical Historiography for Chinese History

Research guide for Chinese Historiography

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  • Allan, Sarah. "Not the Lun yu: The Chu script bamboo slip manuscript, Zigao, and the nature of early Confucianism." Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies Volume 72 Issue 01 February 2009: 115-151.
  • Birdwhistell, Anne. Li Yong (1627-1705) and Epistemological Dimensions of Confucian Philosophy. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996.
  • Chan, Alan K. L. Mencius: Contexts and Interpretations. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2002.
  • Chen, Chi-yun. Hsun yueh (A. D. 148-209): The Life and Reflections of an Early Medieval Confucian. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1975.
  • Ching, Julia. The Religious Thought of Chu Hsi. New York: Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Chow, Kai-wing. The Rise of Confucian Ritualism in Late Imperial China. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1994. A useful account of ritual scholarship in Ming and Qing times, although the notion that "ritualism" was an independant intellectual and social catalyst that itself produced Han Learning and evidential scholarship represents an over-determined reading of the classical studies by Qing scholars associated with kao zheng ? ? philology.
  • ---, On-cho Ng, & John Henderson, eds. Imagining Boundaries: Changing Confucian Doctrines, Texts, and Hermeneutics. Albany: SUNY Press, 1999. Contains very useful articles by Michael Nylan on the Han "Orthodox Synthesis," John Henderson on "Neo-Confucian heresiography," Kandice Hauf on Wang Yang-ming, Hsiung Ping-chen on T'ang Chen (1630-1704), and Lauren Pfister on James Legge's exegetical reflections.
  • Clart, Philip. "Confucius and the Mediums: Is There a 'Popular Confucianism'?" T'oung Pao Vol 89 Fasc. 1/3 (2003): 1-38.
  • Creel, H. G. Confucius, the Man and the Myth. N. Y.: John Day, 1949; paperback reprint under title Confucius and the Chinese Way. New York: Harper, 1960.
  • Dobson, W. A. C. H., trans. Mencius. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1963.
  • Dubs, Homer H., trans. The Works of Hsuntze. London: Probsthain, 1928.
  • ---. Hsuntze, the Moulder of Ancient Confucianism. London: Probsthain, 1927.
  • Durand, Pierre-Henri. Lettres at pouvoirs: Un proces litteraire dans la Chine imperiale. Paris: L'Ecole des hautes etudes en sciences socialies, 1992. Important study of the case of Dai Mingshi ? ? ? (1653-1713) and the circumstances of his execution.
  • ---, trans. Recueil de al montagne du Sud par Dai Mingshi. Paris: Gallimard, 1998. Translation of the work that was charged with lese majeste and led to Dai's public decapitation in 1713.
  • Elman, Benjamin, & Alexander Woodside, eds. Education in Late Imperial China, 1600-1900. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994.
  • Eno, Robert. The Confucian Creation of Heaven: Philosophy and the Defense of Ritual Mastery. Albany: SUNY Press, 1990.
  • Gardner, Daniel. Canon, Commentary, and the Classical Tradition: Zhu Xi's Reading of the Analects. New York: Columbia University Press, 2003.
  • Gedalecia, David. The Philosophy of Wu Ch'eng: A Neo-Confucian of the Yuan Dynasty. Bloomington: Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies, Indiana University, 1999.
  • Goldin, Paul Rakita. Rituals of the Way: The Philosophy of Xunzi. Chicago: Open Court, 1999.
  • Huang, Chin-shing. Philosophy, Philology, and Politics in Eighteenth-Century China. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
  • Huang, Martin. Literati and Self-Re/Presentation: Autobiographical Sensibility in the Eighteenth-Century Chinese Novel. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1995.
  • Jia, Jinhua. "An Interpretation of 'Shi Keyi Qun' �圹??t." T'oung Pao Vol. 87 Fasc. 1/3 (2001): 1-13.
  • Kim, Yung Sik. The Natural Philosophy of Chu Hsi, 1130-1200. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2000.
  • Liu, Kwang-Ching, ed. Orthodoxy in Late Imperial China. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1990.
  • Ng, On-cho. Cheng-Zhu Confucianism in the Early Qing: Li Guangdi (1642-1718) and Qing Learning. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001.
  • Pines, Yuri. Foundations of Confucian Thought: Intellectual Life in the Chunqiu Period, 722- 453 BCE. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2002.
  • Richards, I. A. Mencius on the Mind. London: Kegan Paul, 1932. Reprinted in 1996 by Curzon Books.
  • Roddy, Stephen. Literati Identity and Its Fictional Representations in Late Imperial China. Stanford: Stanford University Press: 1998.
  • Sato, Masayuki. The Confucian Quest for Order: The Origin and Formation of the Political Thought of Xun Zi. Sinica Leidensia, no. 58. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2003.
  • Shryock, John K. The Origin and Development of the State Cult of Confucius. N. Y.: Century, 1932; reprint, New York: Paragon, 1966.
  • Smith, Richard, & D. W. Y. Kwok, eds. Cosmology, Ontology, and Human Efficacy. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1993.
  • Svarverud, Rune. Methods of the Way: Early Chinese Ethical Thought. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1998. Translation and analysis of the Dao shu ? ? (Methods of the way) attributed to Chia Yi of the Former Han dynasty.
  • Tjan, Tjoe Som. Po Hu T'ung: The Comprehensive Discussions in the White Tiger Hall. 2 vols. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1949-52.
  • Van Ess, Hans. "The Compilation of the Works of the Ch'eng Brothers and Its Significance for the Learning of the Right Way of the Southern Sung Period." T'oung Pao Vol. 90 Fasc. 4/5 (2004): 264-298.
  • Van Norden, Bryan W. (ed.). Confucius and the Analects: New Essays. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • Waley, Arthur, trans. The Analects of Confucius. London: Allen & Unwin, 1938; paperback reprint, New York: Vintage Books.
  • Ware, James R., trans. The Sayings of Mencius. New York: Mentor Books, 1960,
  • Watson, Burton, trans. Hsun Tzu: Basic Writings. New York: Columbia University Press, 1963.
  • Tu, Wei-ming. Confucian Thought: Selfhood As Creative Transformation. Albany: SUNY Press, 1985.
  • Wilson, Thomas A. Genealogy of the Way: The Construction and Uses of the Confucian Tradition in late Imperial China. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1995. An important book on the role of state and literati in the creation of Neo-Confucian orthodoxy.
  • --- (ed.). On Sacred Grounds: Culture, Society, Politics, and the Formation of the Cult of Confucius. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Asia Center, 2002.
  • Yang, Xiao. "How Confucius Does Things with Words: Two Hermeneutic Paradigms in the Analects and Its Exegeses." The Journal of Asian Studies Volume 66 Issue 02 May 2007: 497-532.