Thursday, 15 November 2018

"Gandhara - Buddhism culture figure and form" exhibition in Matsudo Museum Japan



  • 期間
    2018年9月22日(土曜)から11月25日(日曜) 9時30分から17時(入館は16時30分まで)
    ※無料観覧日 11月3日(土曜・文化の日)、11月23日(金曜・勤労感謝の日)
  • 内容
  • 会場
    松戸市立博物館 企画展示室  
  • 観覧料
    一般300円 高校・大学生150円 小中学生無料 (11月3日・23日は観覧無料デーです)
    常設展共通券 一般500円 高校・大学生250円


Reading Sima Qian from Han to Song: The Father of History in Pre-Modern China

Hardcover – 25 Oct 2018

  • Hardcover: 420 pages
  • Publisher: BRILL (25 Oct. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9004372938

IFather of Chinese History, Esther Klein explores the life and work of the great Han dynasty historian Sima Qian as seen by readers from the Han to the Song dynasties. Today Sima Qian is viewed as both a tragic hero and a literary genius. Premodern responses to him were more equivocal: the complex personal emotions he expressed prompted readers to worry about whether his work as a historian was morally or politically acceptable. Klein demonstrates how controversies over the value and meaning of Sima Qian’s work are intimately bound up with larger questions: How should history be written? What role does individual experience and self-expression play within that process? By what standards can the historian’s choices be judged?

Table of Contents:

  Structure of the Book
  Historians, Lineages, and Confucian Scholars: Good Problems in Translation

Part 1: Contextualization

1 A Record of Doubts and Difficulties
  Sources and Attribution
  Who is the Honorable Senior Historian?
  Autobiography and Authenticity
  Chu Shaosun: A Third Author?
  Extreme Textual Damage and Loss
  A Conclusion Leading Onward
2 Sima Qian’s Place in the Textual World
  Aspects of Self-Description
  Early Views of the Shiji
  The New Historical Tradition
  Sima Qian in the Realm of Literary Prose

Part 2: Autobiographical Readings

3 Subtle Writing and Piercing Satire
  Sources for Sima Qian’s Biography
  Early Autobiographical Readings
  Six Dynasties Developments
  Autobiographical Readings in the Tang
4  Creating and Critiquing a Sima Qian Romance
  A Reversal of Verdicts
  Su Shi’s Gentlemen and the Shiji
  Blaming Emperor Wu
  Backlash: Three Southern Song Critiques

Part 3: Reading Truth in the Shiji

5 A “True Record”
  On the Term “True Record”
  Issues of Historical Truth in the Shiji: Early Views
  Wang Chong and “Real Events” in the Shiji
  Against “Defamatory Text” Readings
  Dangers of “Straight Writing” in the Tang
  Song Dynasty Developments
6 Finding Truths in the Shiji’s Form
  The Overall Form of the Shiji
  Intention and Invention in the Shiji’s Five Sections


Esther Sunkyung Klein, Ph.D. (2010), Princeton University, is a lecturer in Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney. She has also published on authorship and dating of the Zhuangzi, Wang Chongs epistemology, and ancient Chinese cosmogonies.