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Chinese Theories of Reading and Writing
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This ambitious work provides a systematic study of Chinese theories of reading and writing in intellectual thought and critical practice. The author maintains that there are two major hermeneutic traditions in Chinese literature: the politico-moralistic mainstream and the metaphysico-aesthetical undercurrent. In exploring the interaction between the two, Ming Dong Gu finds a movement toward interpretive openness. In this, the Chinese practice anticipates modern and Western theories of interpretation, especially literary openness and open poetics. Classic Chinese works are examined, including the Zhouyi (the I Ching or Book of Changes), the Shijing (the Book of Songs or Book of Poetry), and selected poetry, along with the philosophical background of the hermeneutic theories. Ultimately, Gu relates the Chinese practices of reading to Western hermeneutics, offering a cross-cultural conceptual model for the comparative study of reading and writing in general.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. ABSTRACT: Chinese Theories of Fiction: A Non-Western Narrative System
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. INTRODUCTION: Theory of Fiction: A Chinese Perspective
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. CHAPTER ONE: Chinese Notions of Fiction
  2. pp. 17-42
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  1. CHAPTER TWO: The Nature of (Chinese) Fiction
  2. pp. 43-70
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  1. CHAPTER THREE: The Aesthetic Turn in Chinese Fiction
  2. pp. 71-96
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  1. CHAPTER FOUR: The Poetic Nature of Chinese Fiction
  2. pp. 97-123
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  1. CHAPTER FIVE: The Art of the Jin Ping Mei: Poetics of Pure Fiction
  2. pp. 125-152
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  1. CHAPTER SIX: The Art of the Hongloumeng: Poetic Fiction and Open Fiction
  2. pp. 153-180
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  1. CHAPTER SEVEN: Theory of Fiction: A Chinese System
  2. pp. 181-209
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  1. CONCLUSION: Toward a Transcultural Theory of Fiction
  2. pp. 211-222
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 223-241
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 243-259
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 261-286
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