Lost T'ai-chi Classics from the Late Ch'ing Dynasty

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SUNY Press, 1996 - Literary Collections - 233 pages
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Douglas Wile translates and analyzes four collections of recently released nineteenth-century manuscripts on T ai-chi ch uan. These writings of Wu s older brothers Ch eng-ch ing and Ju-ch ing, and his nephew Li I-yu, together with the transmissions of Yang Pan-hou, represent a significant addition to the seminal literature. The rich new texts allow us to make a fresh survey of longstanding issues in T ai-chi history: the origins of the art; the authorship of the classics; the differences between Wu, Yang, and Li; and the roles of Chang San-feng, Wang Tsung-yueh, Chiang Fa, and the formerly missing link, Ch ang Nai-chou. The original Chinese texts of the four new sets of classics have been appended for the convenience of Chinese readers and scholars.
The book reconsiders the world of the Wu, Yang, and Li families of Yung-nien and reconstructs it against the background of the Opium Wars, the Taiping Rebellion, and the decline of the Manchu dynasty. New biographical sources illuminate the domestic and political lives of the Yung-nien circle and their orientation to the late imperial intellectual trends. The development of T ai-chi ch uan in the nineteenth century is explored in the context of China s cultural response to the challenge of the West and the role of body-centered arts in Asia during the drive for independence and the ongoing search for national identity."
 

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Contents

Chiian in the Nineteenth Century should appeal to practitioners
2
China and the Nations I
4
Late Ching Intellectual Trends I
12
Reexamining the Biography ofWu Yiihsiang I
20
THE TAICHI CLASSICS
33
The Writings ofWu Chengching I
41
The Writings of Li Iyii I
48
Yang Family Forty Chapters I
57
Authenticity of the New Texts I
102
Historicity of Chang Sanfeng I
108
Period and Role of Chiang Fa I
114
Survival of Manuscripts in the Wu and Li Families I
120
Notes
195
Glossary
201
Index
229
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Authorship of the Previously Received Classics I
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Douglas Wile is Associate Professor at Brooklyn College. He is the author of The Art of the Bedchamber: The Chinese Sexual Yoga Classics, Including Women s Solo Meditation Texts, also published by SUNY Press.

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