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Jesuit fish in Chinese nets: Athanasius Kircher and the translation of the Nestorian Tablet
AuthorBillings, Timothy James, 1963-
Pub. LocationBerkeleyPublisherUniversity of California Press
Date2004Phys. Desc.dig.pdf [42 p. : ill.]
LocationDigital ArchivesCall NumberBX154.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.
Local access dig.pdf. [Billings-Kircher Nestorian Tablet.pdf]
Online (Subscription) at JSTOR.

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.

Subject(s)Kircher, Athanasius, 1602-1680
Nestorian monument--China--Translation--History and criticism
Rec. TypeExtract (PDF)LanguageEnglish
CollectionRicci Institute LibraryRec. #18544