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The intercultural weaving of historical texts : Chinese and European stories about Emperor Ku and his concubines
AuthorStandaert, Nicolas 鐘鳴旦
Pub. LocationLeidenPublisherBrill
Date2016Phys. Desc.vi, 367 pages ; 25 cm.
LocationHallway CasesCall NumberDS742.S73 2016
The intercultural weaving of historical texts : Chinese and European stories about Emperor Ku and his concubines / by Nicolas Standaert.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Text in English with some Chinese.

"The European view on history was shaken to its foundations when missionaries in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries discovered that Chinese history was older than European and Biblical history. With an analysis of the Chinese, Manchu and European sources on ancient Chinese history, this essay proposes an early case of “intercultural historiography,” in which historical texts of different cultures are interwoven.
It focusses on the ways Chinese and European authors interpreted stories about marvellous births by the concubines of Emperor Ku. These stories have been the object of a wide variety of interpretations in Chinese texts, each of them representing a different historical genre. They are excellent case-studies to illustrate how the Chinese hermeneutic strategies shaped the diversity of interpretations given by Europeans."--Publisher note.

Part 1. Between Chinese and European Sources: Europeans Writing Chinese History in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries -- 1. Comprehensive Histories in Late Ming and Early Qing and the Genealogy of the Gangjian 綱鑑 -- 2. Jesuit Accounts of Chinese History and Chronology and their Chinese Sources -- Part 2. Between Text and Commentaries: Europeans Reading Chinese History in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries -- 3. Chinese Interpretations of Marvellous Births -- 4. Jesuit Interpretations of Marvellous Births.

Subject(s)Diku 帝喾, Emperor of China (Legendary character), ca. 2480 B.C.-2345 B.C.
Historiography--China--History
Historiography--China--History--Jesuit interpretations
China--Historiography--European authors
Chinese classics--Study and teaching--Jesuit interpretations
China--History--Chronology--Jesuit interpretations
Jesuits--China--16th-18th centuries--Contributions in historiography
Births, Magical--China--History
Figurism--China--History
SeriesLeiden series in comparative historiography ; v. 9
Rec. TypeBookLanguageEnglish, Chinese
CollectionRicci Institute LibraryRec. #18908
ISBN9789004316157 ; 9004316159LCCN2016008965OCLC938394145