Songs of the Royal Zhōu and the Royal Shào

Shī 詩 of the Ānhuī University Manuscripts


The songs of the Royal Zhōu (“Zhōu Nán” 周南) and of the Royal Shào (“Shào Nán” 召南) have formed a conceptual unit since at least the late Spring and Autumn period (771–453 BC). With this book Meyer and Schwartz provide a first complete reading of their earliest, Warring States (453–221 BC), iteration as witnessed by the Ānhuī University manuscripts. As a thought experiment, the authors seek to establish an emic reading of these songs, which they contextualise in the larger framework of studies of the Shī (Songs) and of meaning production during the Warring States period more broadly. The analysis casts light on how the Songs were used by different groups during the Warring States period.
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Dirk Meyer, Ph.D. (2008), Leiden University, is Associate Professor of Chinese Philosophy and Fellow of The Queen’s College, University of Oxford. He is the author of Philosophy on Bamboo (Brill 2012), Documentation and Argument in Early China (De Gruyter 2021), and co-editor of Literary Forms of Argument in Early China (Brill 2015, with Joachim Gentz) and Origins of Chinese Political Philosophy (Brill 2017, with Martin Kern).

Adam Craig Schwartz, Ph.D. (2013), University of Chicago, is Associate Director of the Jao Tsung-i Academy of Sinology and Assistant Professor in the Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Hong Kong Baptist University. He is the author of The Oracle Bone Inscriptions from Huayuanzhuang East (De Gruyter 2019).
 1 The Ān Dà Shī
 2 Attempting an ‘Emic’ Reading of the Ān Dà Shī
 3 Writing the Image Programme of the Songs
 4 Bringing to Life the Sound Moulds of Shī Production
 5 Sounding the Image Programme of the Songs
 6 Receiving the Shī
 7 The Significance of the Royal Zhōu and the Royal Shào
 8 What Does ‘Nán’ Mean?
 9 The Significance of the Ān Dà Shī
 10 The Songs of the Royal Zhōu and the Royal Shào: Conventions

Songs of the Royal Zhōu and the Royal Shào

Songs of the Royal Zhōu
 1 List of Songs
 2 Zhōu Nán 1 周南一
 3 Zhōu Nán 2 周南二
 4 Zhōu Nán 3 周南三
 5 Zhōu Nán 4 周南四
 6 Zhōu Nán 5 周南五
 7 Zhōu Nán 6 周南六
 8 Zhōu Nán 7 周南七
 9 Zhōu Nán 8 周南八
 10 Zhōu Nán 9A 周南九
 11 Zhōu Nán 9B 周南九
 12 Zhōu Nán 11 周南十一

Songs of the Royal Shào
 1 List of Songs
 2 Shào Nán 1召南一
 3 Shào Nán 2召南二
 4 Shào Nán 3召南三
 5 Shào Nán 4召南四
 6 Shào Nán 5召南五
 7 Shào Nán 6召南六
 8 Shào Nán 7召南七
 9 Shào Nán 8召南八
 10 Shào Nán 9 召南九
 11 Shào Nán 10召南十
 12 Shào Nán 11召南十一
 13 Shào Nán 12召南十二
 14 Shào Nán 13召南十三
 15 Shào Nán 14召南十四

All interested in the poetic traditions of Early China, anyone interested in the textual history of the Shījīng (Classic of Songs), manuscript cultures, and meaning production in Early China.
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