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Reading Sima Qian from Han to Song

The Father of History in Pre-Modern China

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Reading Sima Qian from Han to Song by Esther S. Klein
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In Father of Chinese History, Esther Klein explores the life and work of the great Han dynasty historian Sima Qian as seen by readers from the Han to the Song dynasties. Today Sima Qian is viewed as both a tragic hero and a literary genius. Premodern responses to him were more equivocal: the complex personal emotions he expressed prompted readers to worry about whether his work as a historian was morally or politically acceptable. Klein demonstrates how controversies over the value and meaning of Sima Qian's work are intimately bound up with larger questions: How should history be written? What role does individual experience and self-expression play within that process? By what standards can the historian's choices be judged?

Author Biography

Esther Sunkyung Klein, Ph.D. (2010), Princeton University, is a lecturer in Chinese Studies at the University of Sydney. She has also published on authorship and dating of the Zhuangzi, Wang Chong's epistemology, and ancient Chinese cosmogonies.
Release date Australia
October 25th, 2018
Country of Publication
Netherlands
Imprint
Brill
ISBN-13
9789004372931
Product ID
28255186

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