New PDF release: A Book to Burn and a Book to Keep (Hidden): Selected

By Li Zhi,Rivi Handler-Spitz,Pauline Lee,Haun Saussy,Pauline C. Lee

Li Zhi’s iconoclastic interpretations of background, faith, literature, and social family have interested chinese language intellectuals for hundreds of years. His process synthesized Confucian, Buddhist, and Daoist ethics and integrated the Neo-Confucian idealism of such thinkers as Wang Yangming (1472–1529). the end result used to be a sequence of heretical writings that stuck hearth between Li Zhi’s contemporaries, regardless of an imperial ban on their e-book, and intrigued chinese language audiences lengthy after his death.

Translated for the 1st time into English, Li Zhi’s daring problem to confirmed doctrines will captivate someone concerned with the origins of such subtly transgressive works because the sixteenth-century play The Peony Pavilion or the eighteenth-century novel Dream of the purple Chamber. In A booklet to Burn and a publication to maintain (Hidden), Li Zhi unseats accredited rules approximately gender, questions the real id of history’s heroes and villains, and gives his personal readings of Confucius, Laozi, and the Buddha. keen on shiny sentiment and sharp expression, Li Zhi made no contrast among low and high literary genres. He refused to aid sanctioned principles approximately morality and wrote stinging social evaluations. Li Zhi praised students who risked every thing to reveal extortion and misrule. during this subtle translation, English-speaking readers come upon the simplest of his heterodox mind and very important contribution to chinese language concept and culture.

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