Writing and Authority in Early China

Writing and Authority in Early China

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This book traces the evolving uses of writing to command assent and obedience in early China, an evolution that culminated in the establishment of a textual canon as the foundation of imperial authority. Its central theme is the emergence of this body of writings as the textual double of the state, and of the text-based sage as the double of the ruler. The book examines the full range of writings employed in early China, such as divinatory records, written communications with ancestors, government documents, the collective writings of philosophical and textual traditions, speeches attributed to historical figures, chronicles, verse anthologies, commentaries, and encyclopedic compendia. Lewis shows how these writings served to administer populations, control officials, form new social groups, invent new models of authority, and create an artificial language whose master generated power and whose graphs became potent objects.The most extensive of these, and one of the last composed, is the aquot;Great Tradition , aquot; (da zhuan ARI) or aquot;Tradition on the ... This was probably an independent essay, or rather set of essays, presenting the basic philosophical concepts of the Yi. ... for purposes of exposition, I will discuss under seven rubrics: (1) the Yi as the product of sages and model for gentlemen, ... processes to their representations, and (7) the Yias the source of the aquot;numbersaquot; (shu ^) that underlie the worlda#39;s order.

Title:Writing and Authority in Early China
Author: Mark Edward Lewis
Publisher:SUNY Press - 1999-03-18

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