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The Story of Traditional Korean Literature

Peter H. Lee
ISBN: 9781604978537

In this book, renowned Korean studies scholar Peter H. Lee casts light on important works previously undervalued or suppressed in Korean literary history. He illuminates oral-derived texts as Koryo love songs, p’ansori, and shamanist narrative songs which were composed in the mind, retained in the memory, sung to audiences, and heard but not read, as well as other texts which were written in literary Chinese, the language of the learned ruling class, a challenge even to the reader who has been raised on the Confucian and literary canons of China and Korea. Read More..

Sinophone Malaysian Literature:

Not Made in China
Alison M. Groppe
ISBN: 9781604978551

"Well-researched. With its comprehensive coverage, focused treatment, and lucid exposition, Sinophone Malaysian Literature marks a key reference volume in the English language on the topic. This laudable book-length study has laid a solid foundation upon which scholars can investigate further to yield fresher insights about the uneasy making of modern Sinophone Southeast Asian subjects and their hybrid cultural identities." - Southeast Asian Studies Read More..

The Construction of Femininity in a Postcolonial State:

Girls’ Education in Singapore
Ee Moi Kho
ISBN: 9781604978513

"Kho examines issues of gender equality with a penetrating and critical eye. In this study, she explores the contradictions over time of the goevernment's socialization goals and in the messages they sought to send about what it means to be a female in Singapore. ... Readers interested in the role of schools in constructing ideology, as well as those interested in the development of Singapore, will find this an engaging and well-written book." —Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education Read More..

China and Beyond:

A Collection of Essays
Victor H. Mair
ISBN: 9781604978902

In this impressive collection, twelve of Victor Mair’s essays were carefully selected with the intention to show a clear picture of the development of his brilliant scholarship by including pieces from different phases of his career. This rare collection showcases Dr. Mair’s expertise in Medieval Chinese literature (especially in vernacular literature which was greatly influenced by exotic Buddhism), his insightful grasp of the cultural interactions between China and its neighbors (including India, Iran, and the ethnic groups to the south of China), and his significant contributions to philosophy and archeology. Read More..

China and Beyond (Special Paperback Edition):

A Collection of Essays
Victor H. Mair
ISBN: 9781604978896

In this impressive collection, twelve of Victor Mair’s essays were carefully selected with the intention to show a clear picture of the development of his brilliant scholarship by including pieces from different phases of his career. This rare collection showcases Dr. Mair’s expertise in Medieval Chinese literature (especially in vernacular literature which was greatly influenced by exotic Buddhism), his insightful grasp of the cultural interactions between China and its neighbors (including India, Iran, and the ethnic groups to the south of China), and his significant contributions to philosophy and archeology. Read More..

Rethinking Chineseness:

Translational Sinophone Identities in the Nanyang Literary World
E. K. Tan
ISBN: 9781604978407

This is the first book devoted to Sinophone Southeast Asian literature in the English-speaking world. Conceptually innovative and flawlessly written, this book makes an important contribution ... Anyone interested in questions of identity calibrated through such vectors as language, culture, history, geography, and nationality will find this book to be extremely valuable. This is an impressive accomplishment.” – Professor Shu-mei Shih, University of California at Los Angeles Read More..

North Korea Demystified

Han S. Park
ISBN: 9781604978148

Whereas other studies of North Korea most often rely merely on available secondary resources (e.g., texts, films etc.) rather than firsthand experience or interviews in supporting central claims, this edited volume, led by foremost North Korean expert Dr. Han S. Park, has the unprecedented advantage of all its contributors having actually spent a considerable amount of time “on the ground” in North Korea gathering information for their research. This is also the first volume to address the succession of Kim Jong Un. Read More..

Early Indian and Theravada Buddhism:

Soteriological Controversy and Diversity
Bradley Clough
ISBN: 9781604978292

Prior to this study, past scholarship--which preferred to portray early Indian and Theravada Buddhism as wholly rationalist systems--has shied away from giving ample treatment on the noble person who possesses supernormal powers. This book examines the dichotomy between two Theravada monastic vocations that have grown out of the vocational and soteriological tensions. Read More..

Confucian Prophet:

Political Thought In Du Fu’s Poetry (752–757)
David K. Schneider
ISBN: 9781604978391

"An engaging piece of scholarship," which "raises thought-provoking questions while demonstrating solid command of relevant texts." [Regarding the objective to] "establish that Du was troubled by a political system that allowed powerful families to live luxuriously at court while the people suffered amid deteriorating conditions in the mid-750s, and that he produced powerful art to register his objections," "Schneider has accomplished this and much more by reviving the question of how exactly Du Fu’s artistry relates to the grand political and social issues of his day." – Journal of Asian Studies Read More..

A Study of Two Classics:

A Cultural Critique of The Romance of the Three Kingdoms and The Water Margin
Liu Zaifu
ISBN: 9781604978278

This is the first book that focuses exclusively on the cultural values of the two classics in Chinese literature. Liu Zaifu, the renowned Chinese critic, also examines how traditional commentators like Jin Shengtan and Li Zhi promoted the cultural values embedded in the two classics and how these harmful values are received and reinforced in contemporary China. He draws inspiration from May Fourth intellectuals, particularly Lu Xun, and from a wide range of works by Western scholars. Read More..

 

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