The New Chinese Classics
To Classical Chinese Texts
E Bruce Brooks and A Taeko Brooks
This survey of the literature of pre-Imperial and early Imperial China briefly summarizes the Project's findings in a systematic and easily accessible way, as a guide to further research. It recognizes the importance of the growth text in this literature (the typical Warring States text is a school compilation, and the typical school compilation is accretional). Besides the canonical Confucian texts, and the familiar Dauist, Mician, and Legalist monuments, the Prolegomena includes less known, recently discovered, lost, and altogether imaginary texts, to give a more adequate sense of the the classical and early Imperial period, and of the imaginations of the people who lived and wrote in those times.
Some of the following samples from the Prolegomena include only the first page of a longer entry. Comment and criticism from viewers is invited; use the mail link at the bottom of this page.
Agrarian Texts (plus Analects, Apocrypha)
Da Dai Li Ji
Fa Yen (plus Fa Yw, Fang Ji))
Forgery (plus Fouchyou Bwo, Four Books, Genzai Sho Mokuroku)
Han Stone Classics
Jade Inscription (Jan-gwo Tsv)
Li Ji (Li Kv)
Mu Tyendz Jwan
Queen of the West
Schools of Thought
Swei Library Catalog
General Bibliography (Supplementary Index)
This is the professional reference volume for the New Chinese Classics series. For the comprehensive project of which it is a part, see the 1994 monograph on the prospects for philological treatment of the early Chinese texts. It is an essential resource for the literary and political historian, or the specialist in another field who wishes to cite the early Chinese source texts. Only on the rigorous basis here provided can an an accurate history of early China be written. And only when such a history is written can China finally take its place for the comparative historian among the other major ancient civilizations, a company from which China has too long been excluded.
E BRUCE BROOKS is Research Professor of Chinese and A TAEKO BROOKS is Research Associate at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Prolegomena to Classical Chinese Texts
Approximately 352 pages.
Tentative $50.95 cloth. ISBN 978-936166-38-1
Tentative $27.95 paper. ISBN 978-036166-78-7
Tentative Release Date: February 2014
When announced, this book may be ordered from the University of Massachusetts Press
14 August 2010 / Contact The Project / Exit to Publications Page