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Lost Books of Medieval China #2020

Lost Books of Medieval China For years the state run libraries of imperial China systematically assembled standard collections of books from the past and present Although the collections themselves were lost through warfare

  • Title: Lost Books of Medieval China
  • Author: Glen Dudbridge
  • ISBN: 9780712346887
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lost Books of Medieval China By Glen Dudbridge, For 2000 years the state run libraries of imperial China systematically assembled standard collections of books from the past and present Although the collections themselves were lost through warfare and fire, the classified catalogues prepared by the Privy Director of Books were often used in compiling national bibliographies for the state sponsored dynastic histories TFor 2000 years the state run libraries of imperial China systematically assembled standard collections of books from the past and present Although the collections themselves were lost through warfare and fire, the classified catalogues prepared by the Privy Director of Books were often used in compiling national bibliographies for the state sponsored dynastic histories Through these and other catalogues we learn much about books now lost and even the contents of lost books can be sampled through quotations in medieval encyclopedias.These lectures discuss the dynamics of loss and survival the role of the imperial state in manipulating book culture through classification and selective preservation the significance of lost books as an index of superseded knowledge and values An analysis of two specific cases demonstrates the insights to be gained through textual reconstruction and the inadequacies of standard classifications in times past and present Medieval Chinese literature emerges as a richer, problematic, less docile body of work than the orthodoxies of the last millennium would wish.

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    1. This is a little book of three lectures he gave at the British Library in 2000 The books look at the lost books of China Those that appear in Imperial bibliographies but don t survive in extant copies In the first lecture Dudbridge examines how these books were lost, repeated destruction of the Imperial library, and what the loss of these books was blamed on by the Chinese of the Song Zheng Qiao, a Song historian and bibliographer, blamed the books not being properly classified as responsible fo [...]

    2. I don t usually post books I read for work here, but the books for my new Tutorial on Books are too good to pass up listing they count as pleasure reading

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