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An Introduction to Literary Chinese: Revised Edition by Michael A. Fuller

By Michael A. Fuller

This textbook for starting scholars includes 35 classes of more and more hassle designed to introduce scholars to the fundamental styles of Classical chinese language and to offer them perform in studying various texts. the teachings are based to inspire scholars to maneuver past reliance at the glossaries supplied within the textual content and to develop into more and more accustomed to dictionaries and different reference works. The advent to the e-book summarizes the grammar of Literary chinese language. half I offers 8 classes on elements of speech, verbs, negatives, and the fundamental sentence constructions. each one lesson features a grammatical review, a brief textual content with thesaurus and notes, and perform workouts. half II contains 16 intermediate-level classes according to more and more lengthy and complicated texts. The advanced-level, half III, makes a speciality of decisions from 5 very important early chinese language authors. half IV has six classes in keeping with Tang and track dynasty prose and poetry. Appendixes offer additional discussions of grammatical matters, chronologies and maps, and a thesaurus of functionality phrases.

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57 Despite these weaknesses in his analysis, Milne distinguishes 22 A Social History of the Chinese Book himself from most of his British contemporaries by calling attention to the important cost advantages of woodblock printing for Chineselanguage texts. 58 In addition to a handful of simple carving tools, carvers merely required a small table and odd stool. 60 Secondly, the casting and cutting of Chinese characters into metallic type was, at least initially, more expensive than the purchase and carving of woodblocks, not least because the Chinese language consisted of tens of thousands of distinct characters, some of which would have to be made in many copies for moveable-type printing.

Then, in the final section, the focus falls on the life of the workers themselves, especially the carvers, and how they responded to the changing technical and economic circumstances of their craft in the sixteenth century. Milne’s Account In 1812 the London Missionary Society, a voluntary association established in London in 1795 to promote the spread of evangelical Protestantism to all corners of the globe, sent William Milne as its second missionary to China. Even before he arrived in East Asia, Milne was acutely aware of the challenge he and other missionaries faced in trying to convert people to the word of God, without the aid of a fully translated Bible.

122 During the Ming, such distinctions among these different kinds of book production artisans persisted. Significantly, however, they were supplemented by increased distinctions in pay and status among the carvers themselves. While such economic and social differences had undoubtedly existed earlier in the Song (when these workers might have held the same tools and jobs and came from the same native place), in the late Ming we see a far wider social span, some carvers at the top, and less typical, end of the social hierarchy of their craft, distinguishing themselves as literati artisans.

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