Configurations of Comparative Poetics: Three Perspectives on Western and Chinese Literary Criticism

Portada
University of Hawaii Press, 2002 - 360 páginas

This comprehensive comparative study of Western and Chinese poetics begins with broad examinations of the two traditions over more than two and a half millennia. From these parallel surveys, a series of important theoretical questions arises: How do Western and Chinese critics conceptualize the nature, origin, and function of literature? What are the fundamental differences, if any, in their ways of thinking about literature? Can we account for these differences by examining Western truth-based and Chinese process-based cosmological paradigms? What are the major distinctive concepts of literature developed within Western and Chinese poetics? How have these concepts impacted the development of the two traditions at various times? After considering a wide range of major critical texts, Configurations of Comparative Poetics presents bold and cogent answers to these questions while shedding light on the distinctive orientations of Western and Chinese poetics.

The second half of the book features four comparative case studies: Plato and Confucius on poetry; Wordsworth and Liu Xie on the creative process; the twentieth-century Imagists and their earlier Chinese counterparts on the relationship of the Chinese written character to poetics; and Derrida and the Madhyamika Buddhists on language and onto-theology. The author not only identifies an array of critical concerns shared by Western and Chinese critics, but also differentiates the conceptual models used by each and traces them to cosmological paradigms.

 

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Major Chinese Dynasties
2
Untruth or Antitruth
9
Sui 58I6I8
20
Tang 6I8907
41
The Orientation of Chinese Poerics
47
Early Chinese Worldviews and Concepts
71
The Systematics of Western
101
Plato and Confucius on Poetry113
113
Liao 907II25
179
Poetics of Deconstruction
203
Reflections
239
Abbreviations
257
Qing 16I6I9I1
268
Jin 26520
277
Southern and Northern Dynasties
307
Index
347

Poetics of Imagination
142
Poetics of Dynamic Force
171

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