The first concerted attempt to analyze how the histories Shiji and Hanshu described the technical arts as they were applied in vital areas of the administration of pre-Han and Han China.
Explores how poetry was used to disseminate and interpret history in early medieval China.
Posits the origin of a specifically Chinese concept of “word-meaning,” and sheds new light on the linguistic ideas in early Chinese philosophical texts.
The first English-language translation of an important figure in modern Confucian thought.
Relates Chinese Realism to contemporary political and ethical challenges, such as in international relations and the morality of the public sector.
Brings early Daoist writings into conversation with contemporary contemplative studies.
Offers a comparative and deconstructive reading of the cross-cultural encounter between the Jesuits and their Confucian hosts in late Ming China.
A study of Hu Feng as a literary critic and case study on how intellectual work can respond to political pressure.
Argues that Confucianism and other East Asian philosophical traditions can be resources for understanding and addressing current global challenges such as climate change and hunger.
A unique work on the underlying ontology, cosmology, and moral philosophy of the Yijing.
Offers new perspectives on modern Chinese political thought.
Explains why and how local critical reporting can exist in China despite the kinds of media control that are the hallmarks of authoritarian rule.
Examines Shanghai both as a real city and an imaginary locale, from diverse cultural and disciplinary perspectives.
Explores the cultural dimensions of protest and dissent in China, focusing on dramatic forms of bodily, spatial, strategic, and artistic performativity.
Critically introduces the philosophical system of Li Zehou, one of the most significant modern scholars of Chinese history and culture.
Examines the Great Peace (taiping), one of the first utopian visions in Chinese history, and its impact on literati lives in Han China.
Pioneering study of the localization of Chinese culture in early modern Japan, using legends, classics, and historical terms as case studies.
Through an examination of archaeologically recovered texts from China’s northwestern border regions, argues for widespread interaction with texts in the Han period.
Shows that the feminist interventions of the Mao era (1949–1976) continue to influence contemporary Chinese women.
Presents an updated account of Hong Kong and its culture two decades after its reversion to China.
A wide-ranging exploration and critical assessment of the work of a major figure in Chinese and comparative philosophy.
Offers a new perspective on the relationship between religion and the creation of the first Chinese empires.
Reassesses didacticism in seventeenth-century Chinese vernacular fiction and challenges the view that the late Ming was a notoriously immoral time.
Sheds new light on pre-modern Chinese gender relationships in the context of marriage, male Confucian literati self-presentation, and social networks.
Critical reflections on the work of Angus Charles Graham, renowned Western scholar of Chinese philosophy and sinology.
Challenges the idea held by many prominent twentieth-century Sinologists that early China experienced a “language crisis. ”
Engages with Chinese philosophy to offer new conceptual models for reframing gender, bodies, and aesthetics.
Analyzes the use of anecdotes as an essential rhetorical tool and form of persuasion in various literary genres in early China.
Using Li Zehou’s theories of aesthetics, argues for the importance of the arts to philosophy.
Reveals cultural paradigms and historical prejudices regarding the role of birthing and women in the reproduction of society.
First English translations of a novel and two play excerpts based on tales of the goddess Chen Jinggu, an eighth-century shaman and present-day cult deity.
Examines the rising power of China and Chinese foreign policy through a revisionist analysis of Chinese civilization.
English-language translations of traditional plays from the marionette puppet theater of Northern China.
Presents a new view of the Chinese revolution through the lens of the local Communist movement in Hainan between 1926 and 1956.
Critiques the idea of a Chinese cultural identity and argues that such identities are instead determined by geopolitical and economic forces.
Provides a systematic and comprehensive survey of writings on military philosophy in early China.
Challenges the accepted wisdom about women and gender roles in medieval China.
A comprehensive analysis of the transformations of ancient history in early Chinese texts.
Considers the role of hiddenness in the history of cultural production in premodern China.
Illustrates the changing significance of what it means to be educated, rural, and ethnic in Southwest China.
Looks at southern Chinese martial arts traditions and how they have become important to local identity and narratives of resistance.
Explores the social disruption resulting from industrialization in a Chinese coalmining community at the turn of the twentieth century.
Documents the rise and fall of a market economy in China from 1000-1500.
David N. Keightley’s seminal essays on the origins of Chinese society are brought together in one volume.
The career of communist revolutionary Wei Baqun, one of China’s “three great peasant leaders” and man of the southern frontier.
Challenges traditional views of the Qin dynasty as an oppressive regime by revealing cooperative aspects of its governance.
Discusses how Zhou Dunyi's thought became a cornerstone of neo-Confucianism.
An innovative approach to teaching Chinese language and culture, using folk and popular songs.
Looks at the fate of Hong Kong’s unique culture since its reversion to China.
Looks at the role of the Hunan First Normal School in fostering a generation of founders and key figures in the Chinese Communist Party.
The first book-length study in English of the Chinese classic, the Li sao (Encountering Sorrow). Includes translations of the Li sao and the Nine Songs.
An innovative approach to historical records assesses how evidence claims and policy arguments were put forth in the royal courts of early China.
A fascinating look at Chinese perceptions of the United States and the cultural and political background that informs them.
A wide-ranging exploration of traditional Chinese views of mortality.
Explores the new literary and interpretive milieu that emerged in the years following the decline of China’s Han dynasty.
An exploration of Chinese during a time of monumental change, the period after the fall of the Han dynasty.
Depicts the Cultural Revolution through stories in a variety of voices.
A cross-cultural work which reinvigorates the consideration of enlightenment.
A vivid portrait of the culture of a provincial military society in China’s early medieval period and its interactions with the southern imperial court.
Advocating a global as opposed to a Eurocentric perspective in the college classroom, discusses why and how to teach about China's Silk Road.
Examines the images, hopes, and fears that were evoked during China’s century-long subservience to external powers.
Explores how the flood myths of early China provided a template for that society’s major social and political institutions.
Explores the rewriting of early Chinese texts in the wake of new archaeological evidence.
A diverse collection of interpretive essays on the third-century B. C.E. Daoist classic, the Zhuangzi, which continues the long commentarial tradition on this work and underscores its relevance to our own time and place.
The first comprehensive work on Chinese American women's history covering the past 150 years.
Presents historical, ritual, and musical data preserved in authentic Ming documents illustrating the significance of state sacrifices in imperial China.
Lu Xun (1881-1936), China's greatest modern writer, remains important today both as an official icon and a patron saint of dissent. This book deals with Lu Xun's struggle to make sense of the "Darwinian Revolution." It illuminates not only Lu Xun's thought, but also the current crisis in Chinese thought caused by the loss of faith in Marxism.
Proposes a sweeping theory of flood myths, applies it to a particular text, the Mu T'ien-tzu chuan, and opens up the world of Chinese fiction to an entirely new type of analysis based on a psychoanalytic theory of the symbol.
Argues that the legitimacy of the Chinese government relies on two factors: the national myth of revolution and ideological orthodoxy.
The leading proponent in America of the Wu style discusses the spiritual and aesthetic meanings of t'ai chi ch'uan.
An anthropological study of the social organization and local history in Lukang, a city in Taiwan.
Traces the role of ideas in Chinese economic reform from 1978 to the present, exploring the conversion of China's policymakers to capitalist economic thinking.
This book explores the profound cultural impact of the civil service examinations during the period when they first became the primary means of government recruitment.
This is the most extensive study of Chin dynasty history in any language. It demonstrates the importance of cultural developments in North China under the Chin (1115-1234).
"Only women and inferior men are difficult to deal with." — Confucius
Two thousand years after Confucius, the contributors to this book ask if Chinese women have succeeded in changing their status as ...
Isabelle Robinet's Taoist Meditation is the first and only scholarly study to discuss the ancient Mao-shan Taoist tradition of visionary meditation while, at the same time, helping to clarify the little ...
This is the first and only book in English on modern Chinese Buddhism written by a practicing Chinese monk. Chen-hua provides a rare eyewitness account of Chinese monastic life and Buddhist practices ...
In this volume, Lipman and Harrell explore the prevalence and ubiquity of violence in China, a society whose official norms value harmony and condemn conflict. The book investigates violence in a wide ...
This book provides new insight into the creation of the Chinese empire by examining the changing forms of permitted violence—warfare, hunting, sacrifice, punishments, and vengeance. It analyzes the ...
This is the first book ever published in the West on drama in the People's Republic of China. The plays, playwrights, theories, and performances range from the play that inflamed the Cultural Revolution ...
The material in this book is framed and organized through the themes of world system's theory -- such as incorporation, commercialization of agriculture, industrialization, proletarianization, and the ...
The post-Mao commitment to modernization, coupled with a general revulsion against the lawlessness of the Cultural Revolution, has led to a significant law reform movement in the People's Republic of ...