Cosmopolitan and Vernacular in the World of Wen 文

Reading Sheldon Pollock from the Sinographic Cosmopolis


Volume Editor:
Sheldon Pollock’s work on the history of literary cultures in the ‘Sanskrit Cosmopolis’ broke new ground in the theorization of historical processes of vernacularization and served as a wake-up call for comparative approaches to such processes in other translocal cultural formations. But are his characterizations of vernacularization in the Sinographic Sphere accurate, and do his ideas and framework allow us to speak of a ‘Sinographic Cosmopolis’? How do the special typology of sinographic writing and associated technologies of vernacular reading complicate comparisons between the Sankrit and Latinate cosmopoleis? Such are the questions tackled in this volume.

Contributors are Daehoe Ahn, Yufen Chang, Wiebke Denecke, Torquil Duthie, Marion Eggert, Greg Evon, Hoduk Hwang, John Jorgensen, Ross King, David Lurie, Alexey Lushchenko, Si Nae Park, John Phan, Mareshi Saito, and S. William Wells.

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Ross King earned his PhD in Linguistics at Harvard University, and specializes in the history of language, reading, writing, and literary cultures in the Sinographic Cosmopolis, with a focus on Korea in the fifteenth through twentieth centuries.

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Introduction—Cosmopolitan and Vernacular in the Sinographic Cosmopolis and Beyond: Traditional East Asian Literary Cultures in Global Perspective
Ross King

1 The Vernacular in the World of Wen: Sheldon Pollock’s Model in East Asia?
David B. Lurie

2 Pollock’s Comparative Wake-Up Call: Towards the Historical and Conceptual Modeling of Premodern Literary Cultures and Institutions
Wiebke Denecke

3 Vernacularizing the Cosmopolitan? Regional Sanskrits, “Stuffed Latin,” “Variant Sinitic,” and the Problem of Hybridity
Ross King

part 1: Beginnings: Origins and Early Centuries of the Sinographic Cosmopolis

4 The Space of Cultivated Speech (yayan 雅言): Writing and Language in the Sinographic Sphere
Saitō Mareshi

5 Waka Poetry as a Cosmopolitan Vernacular in Early Japan
Torquil Duthie

part 2: Medieval and Early Modern Cases from China, Japan, and Vietnam

6 Secondary Cosmopolitan Language(s): Non-literary Chinese and Its Use in Pre-modern Korea
John Jorgensen

7 Documents and Fiction in Three Early Edo Biographies of Hideyoshi: Translations to and from Kanbun
Alexy Lushchenko

8 A Crisis in the Cosmopolitan: Colonization and the Promotion of the Vernacular in an Early-Twentieth-Century Vietnamese Script Experiment
John D. Phan

9 Traveling Civilization: The Sinographic Translational Network and Colonial Vietnam’s Modern Lexicon Building, 1890s‒1910s
Yufen Chang

part 3: The Special Case of Korea: From Late Chosŏn to Colonial Chōsen

10 Literary Sinitic and Korea’s Hierarchy of Inscriptional Practice
W. Scott Wells

11 Script Apartheid and Literary Production in Pre-modern Korea: Framing Pollock’s Cosmopolitan and Vernacular in East Asia
Gregory N. Evon

12 Prolegomena to a Study of “Chosŏn‐Style Hanmun” 朝鮮式漢文
Ross King

13 The Lexical Vernacularity of the Tongp’ae naksong and the Boundaries of Korean Vernacular Literature
Si Nae Park

14 Language Use and Language Discourse in Pak Chiwŏn’s Yŏrha ilgi
Marion Eggert

15 Late Chosŏn Korean Intellectual Discourse on the Discrepancy between Speech and Writing
Ahn Daehoe

16 The Geopolitics of Vernacularity and Sinographs: The Making of Bilingual Dictionaries in Modern Korea and the Shift from Sinographic Cosmopolis to “Sinographic Mediapolis”
Hwang Hoduk

Index of Named Individuals
Index of Terms
Index of Texts Cited
Specialists in the history of East Asian (including Vietnamese) textual traditions, especially students and scholars of historical vernacularization process and the interplay between cosmopolitan and vernacular.
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