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The craft of oblivion : forgetting and memory in ancient China

The craft of oblivion : forgetting and memory in ancient China / edited by Albert Galvany.
Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, [2023]
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xiii, 366 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
"Examines the intersections between forgetting and remembering in classical Chinese civilization"-- Provided by publisher.
The Craft of Oblivion is an innovative and groundbreaking volume that aims to study, for the first time, the intersections between forgetting and remembering in classical Chinese civilization. Oblivion has tended to be relegated to a marginal position, often conceived as the mere destructive or undesirable opposite of memory, even though it performs an essential function in our lives. Forgetting and memory, far from being autonomous and mutually exclusive spheres, should be seen as interdependent phenomena. Drawing on perspectives from history, philosophy, literature, and religion, and examining both transmitted texts and excavated materials, the contributors to this volume analyze various ways of understanding oblivion and its complex and fertile relations with memory in ancient China--back cover.
Added to Catalog
September 04, 2023
SUNY series in Chinese philosophy and culture.
SUNY series in Chinese philosophy and culture
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction / Albert Galvany
Part I. Historiographical and Political Narratives : Chapter 1. Cultural Amnesia and Commentarial Retrofitting: Interpreting the Sping and Autumn / Newell Ann Van Auken
Chapter 2. Elision and Narration: Remembering and Forgetting in Some Recently Unearthed Historiographical Manuscripts / Rens Krijgsman
Chapter 3. Shaping the Historian's Project: Language of Forgetting and Obliteration in the Shiji / Esther Sunkyung Klein
Chapter 4. The Ice of Memory and the Fires of Forgetfulness: Traumatic Recollections in the Wu Yue chunqiu / Olivia Milburn
Part II. Philosophical Writings : Chapter 5. The Daode jing's Forgotten Forebear: The Ancestral Cult / K.E. Brashier
Chapter 6. So Comfortable You'll Forget You're Wearing Them: Attention and Forgetting in the Zhuangzi and Huainanzi / Franklin Perkins
Chapter 7. The Practice of Erasing Traces in the Huainanzi / Tobias Benedikt Zürn
Chapter 8. The Oblivious against the Doctor: Pathologies of Remembering and Virtues of Forgetting in the Liezi / Albert Galvany
Chapter 9. Wang Bi and the Hermeneutics of Actualization / Merceded Valmisa
Part III. Ritual and Literary Texts : Chapter 10. Embodied Memory and Natural Forgetting in Early Chinese Ritual Theory / Paul Nicholas Vogt
Chapter 11. Exile and Return: Oblivion, Memory, and Nontragic Death in Tomb-Quelling Texts from the Eastern Han Dynasty / Xiang Li
Chapter 12. Lost in Where We Are: Tao Yuanming on the Joys of Forgetting and the Worries of Being Forgotten / Michael D. K. Ing.
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