Did East Asian literatures, ranging from bronze inscriptions to
zazen treatises, lack a concept of authorship before their integration into classical modernity? The answer depends on how one defines the term author. Starting out with a critical review of recent theories of authorship, this edited volume distinguishes various author functions, which can be distributed among several individuals and need not be integrated into a single source of textual meaning. Chinese, Japanese, and Korean literary traditions cover the whole spectrum from 'weak' composite to 'strong' individual forms and concepts of authorship. Divisions on this scale can be equated with gradual differences in the range of self-articulation. Contributors are Roland Altenburger, Alexander Beecroft, Marion Eggert, Simone Müller, Christian Schwermann, and Raji Steineck.
Christian Schwermann, Ph.D. (2005), University of Bonn, is lecturer of Classical Chinese at that university. He has published chiefly on early Chinese literature, including a monograph on the concept of stupidity in ancient texts (
“Dummheit” in altchinesischen Texten, Harrassowitz, 2011).
Raji C. Steineck, Ph.D. (2000), University of Bonn, is Professor of Japanology at the University of Zurich. He mainly works on the interrelation between symbolic configurations and ideational content in Japanese intellectual history, as in his new work on the
Critique of Symbolic Forms (frommann-holzboog, 2014).
Introduction Raji C. Steineck and Christian Schwermann
Composite Authorship in Western Zhōu Bronze Inscriptions: The Case of the “Tiānwáng guǐ” Inscription Christian Schwermann
Authorship in the Canon of Songs (Shi Jing) Alexander Beecroft
The Compiler as the Narrator: Awareness of Authorship, Authorial Presence and Author Figurations in Japanese Imperial Anthologies, with a Special Focus on the Kokin wakashū Simone Müller
Fluidity of Belonging and Creative Appropriation: Authorship and Translation in an Early Sinic Song (“Kongmudoha Ka”) Marion Eggert
Appropriating Genius: Jin Shengtan’s Construction of Textual Authority and Authorship in his Commented Edition of Shuihu Zhuan (The Water Margin Saga) Roland Altenburger
Enlightened Authorship: The Case of Dōgen Kigen Raji C. Steineck
Scholars in Comparative Literature, scholars of the History of Concepts, and all interested in traditional Chinese, Japanese and Korean literatures and their forms and concepts of authorship.