Eastern Canons: Approaches to the Asian Classics

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Wm. Theodore De Bary, William Theodore De Bary, Irene Bloom
Columbia University Press, 1990 - Literary Criticism - 395 pages

The essays gathered here, in addition to those by editors Wm. Theodore de Bary and Irene Bloob, are written by leading scholars of Asian cultures--among them Donald Keene, Peter Awn, Barbara Stoler Miller, Ainslie Embree, Burton Watson, C.T. Hsia, Paul Anderer, and others. They introduce classics from the Islamic, Indian, Chinese, and Japanese traditions, providing entree to texts which have emerged as monuments of Asian thought and literature. Among the works discussed are the Qu'ran, the philosophy of history of Ibn Khaldun, the Upanishads, the epic Mahabarata, the philosopher Mencius, the Lotus Sutra, T'and Poetry, the Tale of Genji, and the poet Basho.

 

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Contents

ASIAN CLASSICS AS THE GREAT BOOKS
23
The Quran Peter
63
Attar The Conference of the Birds
77
AlGhazali Peter
97
The Upanishads Joel Brereton
115
The Mahabharata Barbara Staler Miller
147
Sakuntala Barbara Staler Miller
165
Gandhis Autobiography Ainslie T Embree
177
Lao Tzu Franciscus Verellen
220
The Vimalakirti Sutra Robert A F Thurman
262
The Tale of Genji Haruo Shirane
290
The Tale of the Heike H Paul Varley
298
Essays in Idleness Donald Keene
320
Robert Goldman
348
onathan Cott
360
Paul Anderer
370

Mencius Irene Bloom
191

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About the author (1990)

Wm. Theodore de Bary (1919-2017) was John Mitchell Mason Professor Emeritus and provost emeritus of Columbia University. His many books include Waiting for the Dawn, Message of the Mind, and Learning for One's Self, as well as Sources of Japanese Tradition and Sources of Korean Tradition, all published by Columbia University Press.

Irene Bloom (1939-2010) was Wm. Theodore and Fanny de Bary and Class of 1941 Associate Professor of Asian Humanities at Columbia University and Anne Whitney Olin Professor Emerita in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College. She edited and translated Knowledge Painfully Acquired: The K'un-chih chi of Lo Ch'in-shun and coedited, with Joshua A. Fogel, Meeting of Minds: Intellectual and Religious Interaction in East Asian Traditions of Thought.

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