Classical World Literatures: Sino-Japanese and Greco-Roman by Wiebke Denecke

By Wiebke Denecke

Ever on account that Karl Jaspers's "axial age" paradigm, there were a couple of influential experiences evaluating old East Asian and Greco-Roman heritage and tradition. even though, thus far there was no comparative learn concerning a number of literary traditions in those cultural spheres. This ebook compares the dynamics among the more youthful literary cultures of Japan and Rome and the literatures in their venerable predecessors, China and Greece. How have been writers of the more youthful cultures of Rome and Japan laid low with the presence of an older "reference culture," whose sophistication they fashionable, while they anxiously strove to say their very own exact identification? How did they take on the problem of adopting the reference culture's literary genres, rhetorical refinement, and conceptual vocabulary for writing texts in numerous languages and inside of exact political and cultural contexts?

Classical global Literatures captures the remarkable similarities among the methods early eastern authors wrote their very own literature via and opposed to the literary precedents of China, and the methods Latin writers engaged and contested Greek precedents. however it additionally brings to mild suggestive divergences which are rooted in geopolitical, linguistic, sociohistorical, and aesthetic alterations among early jap and Roman literary cultures. providing a technique of "deep comparability" for the cross-cultural comparability of premodern literary cultures and calling for a selection of global literature debates into the traditional and medieval worlds, Classical global Literatures is either a theoretical intervention and a call for participation to learn and re-read 4 significant literary traditions in an leading edge and illuminating mild.

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It reads ሶᦚቑ⠰٤ ⠌٤ ᤨ. Scholars have argued that the inversion of “sometimes” ᤨand “review” ⠌and the omission of the object marker ਯ(“what one has learnt”) indicates that the scribe produced the Analects passage based on assumptions of Japanese gloss-reading (kundoku) of Chinese texts. © Tokushima kenritsu maizō bunkazai sōgō sentā. Shikoku, Japan. Classical Chinese texts. We will discuss this complex reading technique further below, but let it suffice here to say that the Japanese from early on added to the layers of Chinese scholarship inscribed into the Chinese canonical texts they studied, their own system of reading marks that allowed them to vocalize the Chinese texts in Japanese.

Indd 17 | 17 10/12/2013 8:03:04 PM self-consciously lacked: indigenous philosophical traditions. Precisely that lack made philosophers in Rome and Confucian scholars in Japan into much coveted exemplars of authority and erudition. At the same time, it made them into ready targets for satirical attack. Chapter 7 explores the role of the satirical in the relationship of Japanese and Latin authors to the older thought traditions of China and Greece, by comparing the hitherto neglected Genji Poems (Fu Hikaru Genji monogatari shi ⾮ శ Ḯ ᳁ ‛⺆⹞   , thirteenth century), a medieval recreation of Murasaki Shikibu’s Tale of Genji in Sino-Japanese verse, to Martianus Capella’s Marriage of Philology and Mercury (fifth century ad), an influential compendium of the Seven Liberal Arts framed as an allegorical marriage tale.

Shackleton Bailey 2000, 139. indd 32 Classical World Literatures 10/12/2013 8:03:06 PM Chinese chief administrator of the city of Zhengzhou to Japanese monk Ennin on the ninth day of the sixth month of 845 ce, when Ennin had to leave China during the Buddhist persecutions under Emperor Wuzong: “Buddhism no longer exists in this land. But it has been said since ancient times that Buddhism will flow toward the East. I want you to do your best to reach your homeland soon and propagate the Buddhist Law there.

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