|Jesuit fish in Chinese nets: Athanasius Kircher and the translation of the Nestorian Tablet|
|Author||Billings, Timothy James, 1963-|
|Pub. Location||Berkeley||Publisher||University of California Press|
|Date||2004||Phys. Desc.||dig.pdf [42 p. : ill.]|
|Location||Digital Archives||Call Number||BX154.C4 B566 2004d|
|Jesuit Fish in Chinese Nets: Athanasius Kircher and the Translation of the Nestorian Tablet / Timothy Billings.|
Extract. Originally published in: Representations, No. 87 (Summer, 2004), pp. 1-42.
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ABSTRACT: "This essay offers a 'sinographic' reading of Athanasius Kircher's bilingual critical edition of a famous Tang dynasty monument (discovered in 1625) about Nestorian Christians, which frames the material in China Illustrata (1667). The author argues that Kircher's mode of translation is a doctrinal polemic that attempts to reconstruct an imaginary originary text from the Chinese inscription in order to contain unorthodox meanings that interfere with the Jesuit identity that is positively projected onto the stone."--JSTOR note.