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Princeton University Department of East Asian Studies

Works: 39 works in 40 publications in 3 languages and 95 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Conference papers and proceedings  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Classifications: DS897.K857,
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Mobilizing deities: Deus, gods, Buddhas, and the warrior band in sixteenth-century Japan by Christopher Michael Mayo( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation examines religion and warrior culture during Japan's sixteenth century. It views the period from the perspective of the Otomo warrior band, which provides an ideal case study, because its members supported not only cultic sites established for the veneration of traditional gods (kami) and buddhas (hotoke), but also ones for the Christian God (Deus) as well. It demonstrates how the incorporation of Christianity's innovative and disruptive elements into the military organization affected Japan's encounter with Europeans and Christianity. In particular, it connects the initial acceptance and eventual rejection of missionary efforts to issues of religious practice
"The Mirror of China" : language selection, images of China, and narrating Japan in the Kamakura period (1185-1333) by Erin Leigh Brightwell( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation explores the ways in which "The Mirror of China" defies familiar-yet-passe conceptions of medieval Japan. It examines afresh how three issues in medieval discourse--language selection, portrayals of China, and narrating Japan--are refracted in "The Mirror of China" in order to better understand text-based claims of political, cultural, and philosophical authority. "The Mirror of China"'s linguistically diverse manuscripts invite question of the worldviews or allegiances of identity a multilingual text can intimate. Its depiction of China and the implied narratives such a vision creates likewise differ markedly from those of contemporary works. And lastly, the linguistic and thematic innovation it brings to the Heian genre of "Mirror" writing marks a previously obscured turning point in medieval historiographic writing, one that allows an appreciation of the genre as a medieval experiment in crafting histories as legitimating narratives. Drawing on multiple understudied works in addition to better-known writings, this dissertation provides a new understanding of how medieval thinkers exploited languages, images, and traditions in order to create their own visions of authority
Dialectics of spontaneity: Art, nature, and persona in the life and works of Su Shi (1037--1101) by Zhiyi Yang( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Throughout this project, close reading is integrated with critical thinking, informed by a range of theories and perspectives. Chinese native intellectual traditions that have influenced Su Shi's thinking are examined as such. Western aesthetic, anthropological, and ethical theories provide systems of reference. The internal logic in Su Shi's thinking on related issues leads my inquiry from the aesthetics of art to the aesthetics of nature, and finally to ethics (defined as the study of the best-lived life). This dissertation is accordingly divided into three parts, each consisting of two chapters
Print culture in the imagination of modern Korea, 1880--1931: Knowledge, literature, and classics by Sang-ho Ro( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These dynamisms originated from the socio-cultural contexts of the nineteenth century. In Part One, I examine how elite kinship organizations, literati associations, and new religious groups sponsored new cultural activities without the requirement of the classical curriculum for passing the civil service examinations. In the late nineteenth century, these three indigenous institutions, which had accumulated cultural capital, began to access printing, using either the new machine press or old woodblock printing, to present their subcultures to wider audiences. My goal is to show that Korean culture was not homogeneous in the nineteenth century, despite its having looked so under the civil service examinations and police censorship. Korean vernacular language and classical Chinese both contributed to the diversity of literary culture by developing new genres, such as popular literature, pedagogy, statecraft study, and philology
Terrestrial reward as divine recompense : the self-fashioned piety of the Peng lineage of Suzhou, 1650s-1870s by Daniel Burton-Rose( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on source materials ranging from autobiographies and genealogies to the transcripts of spirit-writing sessions, I focus my study on the pivotal figure of Peng Dingqiu (1645-1719). Dingqiu's 1676 optimus distinction and self-presentational strategy were critical in the consolidation of the concrete and symbolic power of the Peng lineage. Exploring the role of spirit-writing altars in intra-elite relations, I argue that Dingqiu's claim of a prophecy of his civil examination success had wide ranging consequences for his descendants and his own posthumous persona. In documenting the collective devotional commitments of the Peng lineage in realms such as a tower complex devoted to the deity Wenchang and local Daoist institutions, I provide a nuanced portrait of elite religiosity and its impact on the late imperial cityscape. Simultaneously, I use attention to the familial lineage in order to explain the centrality of religious modes of discourse in elite self-organization
The invention of Chinese Buddhist poetry : poet-monks in late medieval China (c. 760-960 CE) by Thomas J Mazanec( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation presents an alternative history of late medieval literature, one which traces the development of Chinese Buddhist poetry into a fully autonomous tradition. It does so through a careful study of the works of poet-monks in the late medieval period (760--960), especially Guanxiu (832--913) and Qijǐ (864--937?). Weaving together the frayed threads of the literary traditions they inherited, these poet-monks established a tradition of elite Buddhist poetry in classical Chinese that continued in East Asia until the twentieth century. This dissertation also breaks new methodological ground by using digital tools to analyze and display information culled from medieval sources, and by using poetry composition manuals to understand medieval Chinese poetry on its own terms
Sayings of Confucius, deselected by Michael Justin Hunter( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part two presents the main argument for revising the dating of the Analects based on a reverse chronological survey of Confucius quotation practice in the early period. I conclude the chapter with the argument that the Analects was compiled between the 150s and 130s BCE, roughly three centuries later than the traditional account would have it
Playing in the shadows: Fictions of race and blackness in postwar Japanese literature by William H. IV Bridges( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Whereas previous scholarship itself has fixated on the first mode, this dissertation amalgamates textual analysis and literary historical investigation in order to fully delineate the rich history of black-Japanese literary exchange and bimodal writing of blackness in Japanese literature Through five case studies that progress chronologically from Ishikawa Jun's "Ogon densetsu" (The Legend of Gold, 1946) to Yamada Eimi's Payday!!! (2003), this dissertation both reconsiders postwar Japanese literary representations of blackness and argues that black-Japanese literary exchange created a vein of modern Japanese literature shaped by Japanese authors' interpretations of blackness and black fiction
Reading Ashikaga history in the urban landscape : Kyoto in the Early Muromachi Period, 1336-1467 by Matthew Gerald Stavros( )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Body affects in the storehouse: Parrying modernity Uno Koji style by Young-ah Chung( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation addresses intricate intersections among the affective body, global modernity, and literary history in Japanese literature in the early twentieth century, that is, the imperial eras of late Meiji (1868--1912) and Taisho (1912--1926). Uno Koji (1891--1961) and his best-known novella Kura no naka (1919) afford the gravitation that draws together such disparate topics as hysteria, melancholia, ownership and debt, collecting, and biography into mutually generative constellations. As Uno's ambivalent position within canonical literary history forms a fertile relation with the stylistic experimentalism of the text, the pair presents felicitous events across the epistemological boundary between life and writing, and bodily and literary style. Geared towards properly expanding the horizon of inquiry, this study emphatically pursues the reverberations between Uno and Kura no naka and such varied contemporaries as Akutagawa Ryunosuke, Walter Benjamin, Charlie Chaplin, Natsume Soseki, and Virginia Woolf; and thereby illuminates the ineluctably global milieu that was modernity in the early twentieth century. The discussion closely engages with theoretical writings, drawing most extensively on psychoanalytic approaches in order to account for some of the most intractable questions that have tested the disciplinary limits of modern Japanese literature. Chapter 1 explores hysteria as a fresh conceptual passage for feminist criticism, a provocation to the current preoccupation with ideological investigation which uniformly effaces the body as a differential event. Chapter 2 is a metonymic experiment deriving theoretical prompts from the larger discussion on hysteria in order to vitalize the increasingly expiring notion of shishosetsu in light of postcolonial melancholia. While Chapter 3 magnifies an intimate scene of the two visual subjects transpiring on the precipice of hysteria, Chapter 4 traces the kinetic body within particular narrative-spatial coordinates. Both chapters impel towards the question of the relation to the other, and the world, by way of the narrative. Finally, Chapter 5 attempts to reimagine bio-graphy --differentiated from biography--as a form of literary history new precisely for its being a writing of the body. Overall, the human and objectal figures arising from the study are a call of love attuned by several related mimetic modalities: distance to the intimate other, remembering the mother, and becoming the (m)other
Changing along with the world : adaptive agency in early China by Mercedes Valmisa Oviedo( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the major philosophical problems in Early China was the relationship between the person and the world, and in particular, how to act in relation to the world. This dissertation addresses the problem of agency in Early China, and pursues three main guiding questions: how to act efficaciously in different situations, how to cope with uncertainty and unpredictability in ordinary life, and how to achieve control and freedom. I offer a critical and systematic analysis of an extraordinary model of successful action that I call "adaptive agency" or "adaptation" (yin). As opposed to other models of action attested in early texts, such as the prescriptive and the forceful, the adaptive agent necessitates great capacity of situational awareness, reflection, flexibility, and creativity in order to produce responses ad hoc: strategies of action designed for specific, non-permanent, and non-generalizable life problems. This model for choosing an action as an adjusted response to a specific situation guarantees the agent a higher success rate in his actions, let these be in political, military, professional, medical, religious, ethical or ordinary life contexts. This dissertation is both born from a new methodological orientation and a contribution toward establishing it, by means of exemplifying how we can build meaningful critical theories in Early Chinese philosophy and intellectual history without using the obsolete hermeneutical categories of school of thought, book and author. I trace tensions and similarities in the Early Chinese approach to the problem of agency cross-textually, using a large range of textual materials and research methods. The philosophical proposal of adaptive agency is particularly suitable to this kind of methodological project, for it consistently appears across a wide variety of texts, authors, and intellectual orientations throughout the Early Chinese period, and therefore could not be studied by using the traditional hermeneutical categories
"Bandit suppression" in Manchukuo (1932-45) by Yaqin Li( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Through the lens of "bandit suppression," I will suggest that the crucial concern of the state was to obtain legitimacy as the foundation of governmental power. Confronted with domestic disorder and the influence of Chinese nationalism, for Manchukuo itself to gain recognition and legitimacy for its continued existence as a state, it had to create a consciousness of its right to govern and the recognition by the governed of that right. Besides, to obtain legitimacy and consolidate state authority also involved "the capacity of a political system to engender and maintain the belief that existing political institutions are the most appropriate and proper ones for the society." Therefore, the campaigns against "bandits" were often accompanied by the proclamation of the founding ideas of Manchukuo, including the principles of the "Kingly Way" (odo;), "ethnic harmony," and bringing peace and order to the people. In this sense, "bandit suppression" embodied "a state historiographic discourse about order, ordering, justice, and freedom."
Qian Daxin (1728-1804) : knowledge, identity, and reception history in China, 1750-1930 by Ori Sela( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christian communities and alternative devotions in China, 1780-1860 by Xiaojuan Huang( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This dissertation surveys the history of Christianity in China during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, with particular attention given to Chinese clergy and lay Christians. A variety of issues are discussed: the social organization of Christian communities, the networks among communities in different localities, internal tensions and conflicts, and Christian devotions in relation to the printing and circulation of Chinese Christian texts known as "scriptures."
From the center to the margins: The "Shuihu Zhuan" and the transformation of vernacular fiction in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by Scott Wentworth Gregory( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Shuihu zhuan, or The Water Margin as it is usually rendered in English, is one of the major vernacular xiaoshuo novels of the Ming dynasty, and continues to be widely read today. Though little is known about its author or the circumstances of the production of its text, it is known that printed editions of it began to appear on the cusp of a major expansion in publishing activity in sixteenth-century China, and that the vernacular fiction genre flourished along with publishing. The Shuihu zhuan is a major example of both this genre and this publishing trend. Yet behind the very familiarity of its received text are a number of editions that served varying functions in their milieus. The aim of this dissertation is to follow the transformations that the Shuihu zhuan underwent as it appeared in these various incarnations as a means of highlighting some of the major shifts in publishing and modes of consumption of vernacular fiction in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. To do so, I employ both historical analysis of the circumstances around the editions' publication and close readings of paratextual materials included in the editions themselves
Twentieth century Chinese prose poetry by Nick Admussen( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The term prose poetry has been used to describe works of literature in China ever since the term was translated into Chinese in 1918. This dissertation studies that act of generic naming, as well as the formal practices that the term most consistently describes. Its methodology combines genre study, literary history, analysis of the literary field, and close reading
The caizi-jiaren novel : a historical study of a genre of Chinese narrative from the seventeenth century to the nineteenth century by Jianyu Zhou( Book )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Chinese military men and cultural practice in the early nineteenth century Qing Empire (1800-1840) by James Bruce Bonk( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The military in early nineteenth century China (1800-1840) has often been portrayed as an institution in steep decline, its troops addicted to opium and its officers incompetent and corrupt. This dissertation argues that the narrative of decline has overshadowed significant changes in the relation between military and society during the same period. These changes were shaped most profoundly by the White Lotus War (1796-1804), a major conflict between the Qing dynasty and White Lotus sectarians in central China
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