The Han dynasty
Huainanzi is a compendium of knowledge covering every subject from self-cultivation, astronomy, and calendrics, to the arts of government. This edited volume follows a multi-disciplinary approach to explore how and why the
Huainanzi was produced and how we should interpret the work. The volume should be of interest to scholars of early China, as well as scholars of textual production in other periods of Chinese history and in other cultures.
With contributions by Anne Behnke Kinney, Martin Kern, John S. Major, Andrew Meyer, Judson B. Murray, Michael Nylan, David W. Pankenier, Michael Puett, Sarah A. Queen, Harold D. Roth, and Griet Vankeerberghen.
Sarah Queen, Professor, Connecticut College, is the author of From Chronicle to Canon as well as the the co-translator of The Luxuriant Gems of the Spring and Autumnn and The Huainanzi: A Guide to the Theory and Practice of Government. Michael Puett is the Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History at Harvard University. He is the co-author, most recently, of Ritual and its Consequences: An Essay on the Limits of Sincerity, with Robert Weller, Adam Seligman, and Bennet Simon.
Table of contents
About the Contributors
Introduction - Sarah A. Queen and Michael Puett
PART ONE AUTHORSHIP AND TEXTUAL FORMATION:
1. Root-Branches Structuralism in the Huainanzi - Andrew Meyer
2. Daoist Inner Cultivation Thought and the Textual Structure of the Huainanzi - Harold D. Roth
3. Representations of Confucius in the Huainanzi - Sarah A. Queen
4. Creating a Book and Performing it: The “Yao Lüe” Chapter of the Huainanzi as a Western Han Fu - Martin Kern
PART TWO KNOWLEDGE AND RHETORIC:
5. Tool Metaphors in the Huainanzi and Other Early Texts - John S. Major
6. The Huainanzi’s “Heavenly Patterns” and the Shiji’s “Treatise on the Celestial Offices”: What’s the Difference? - David W. Pankenier
7. A Note on Logical Connectives in the Huainanzi - Michael Nylan
PART THREE AUDIENCE AND RECEPTION:
8. Sages, Creation, and the End of History in the Huainanzi - Michael Puett
9. The Liu Clan’s ‘Flesh and Bone’: The Foundation of Liu An’s Vision of Empire - Judson B. Murray
10. The Discourse about Lords (Zhuhou) in the Huainanzi - Griet Vankeerberghen
11. Breaking through Heaven’s Glass Ceiling: The Significance of the Commoner Woman of Qi in the “Lan Ming” Chapter of the Huananzi - Anne Behnke Kinney
Index of Terms
All scholars interested in early China in general, as well as those interested in textual production in other periods of Chinese history and in other cultures as well.