Forthcoming: Buddhist Transformations and Interactions

The following is an announcement from Dr. Victor H. Mair, Professor of  Chinese Language and Literature at the University of Pennsylvania and general editor of the Cambria Sinophone World Series.

Buddhist Studies

“It is with great pleasure that I announce the forthcoming publication of Buddhist Transformations and Interactions: Essays in Honor of Antonino Forte (Cambria Press, 2017).  We have chosen today to make this announcement because it is the tenth anniversary of Nino’s passing on July 22, 2016.

This tome is unusual in the way that it assembles the research of distinguished scholars from various fields and regions. All these scholars knew Professor Forte personally and were influenced by his scholarship. Seldom does one find the combination of spatial breadth, temporal depth, and conceptual rigor that is found in Buddhist Transformations and Interactions.  The twelve chapters in this book exemplify the method and principles of Antonino Forte’s own work and will provide readers with a much better appreciation and understanding of East Asian Buddhism.

The individual chapters and their authors are listed in the table of contents and the aims of the work as a whole are presented in the book description.

It is our intention to hold a roundtable focused on Buddhist Transformations and Interactions at the next Association for Asian Studies meeting, which will be held in Toronto from March 16-19, 2017.  The book will be launched at the AAS conference.”

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Essential Books on Modern China on Amazon Kindle

Here are a few outstanding Cambria Press books you can get (or give) on Amazon Kindle:

Modern Chinese Literary History

The Jin Yong Phenomenon:
Chinese Martial Arts Fiction and Modern Chinese Literary History

by Ann Huss and Jianmei Liu (eds). $27.99

“A successful study of Jin Yong’s literature with valuable and insightful opinions … a pleasure to read.” —CLEAR

“A great contribution to a historically nuanced image of China.” —Ban Wang, William Haas Professor in Chinese Studies, Stanford University

 

Mo Yan

A Subversive Voice in China:
The Fictional World of Mo Yan

by Shelley Chan $27.99

“I recommend this first full-length study in English to anyone who wants the perfect complement to their reading of Mo Yan’s novels.” — Howard Goldblatt, University of Notre Dame, and translator of Mo Yan’s novlels

 

Chinese visual culture

Contemporary Chinese Visual Culture: Tradition, Modernity, and Globalization

by Christopher Crouch (ed) $29.99

This book examines three overarching themes: Chinese modernity’s (sometimes ambivalent) relationship to tradition at the start of the twentieth century, the processes of economic reform started in the 1980s and their importance to both the eradication and rescue of traditional practices, and the ideological issue of cosmopolitanism and how it frames the older academic generation’s attitudes to globalisation. It is important to grasp the importance of these points as they have been an important part of the discourse surrounding contemporary Chinese visual culture. As readers progress through this book, it will become clear that the debates surrounding visual culture are not purely based on aesthetics––an understanding of the ideological issues surrounding the appearance of things as well as an understanding of the social circumstances that result in the making of traditional artifacts are as important as the way a traditional object may look. Contemporary Chinese Visual Culture is an important book for all collections dealing with Asian studies, art, popular culture, and interdisciplinary studies.

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Victor Mair (Cambria Sinophone World Series Editor) to give Distinguished Lecture at the University of Hong Kong this week

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Victor Mair (University of Pennslvania), general editor of the Cambria Sinophone World Series, will be giving a distinguished lecture “The Impact of the Internet on the Development of Chinese Languages at the University of Hong Kong this Friday (November 27) at 4:30 p.m. The moderator will be Dr. Shu-mei Shih, who is on the editorial board of the Cambria Sinophone World Series.

Dr. Mair will also be at the University of Hong Kong a day earlier to be the commentator for Dr. Pui-ling Tang’s presentation “Bronze Inscriptions, Bamboo Manuscripts, and the Shijing : Mutual Verification of Excavated Sources and Transmitted Literature,”  which will take place on Thursday (November 26) at 4:30 p.m.

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Authors to Watch: Minghui Hu and Johan Elverskog

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Cambria Press authors Professors Minghui Hu (University of California Santa Cruz) and Johan Elverskog (Southern Methodist University) are among the group of scholars who are making the bold exploration into historian Joseph Levenson’s observation that China used to be cosmopolitan on account of Confucianism. Levenson’s assertion was made at the height of the Cultural Revolution and the Cold War in 1971.

At that time, the notion of China, much less Confucianism, as somehow being cosmopolitan may have surprised many of his readers, especially because so many conventional ideas about China—ranging from its “kith and kin” social structure to its purportedly eternal and monolithic state structure—seem to reflect a society that was the very antithesis of cosmopolitanism.

Indeed, even now, or perhaps even more so now on account of growing Chinese nationalism, Han chauvinism, and global fears of a rising China, the idea of Chinese cosmopolitanism may strike many as ill conceived. This supposition is well borne out by the fact that one can largely search in vain the last four decades of scholarship on China to find again the three words China, Confucianism, and cosmopolitanism combined in any meaningful way. It is not only scholars of late imperial (or early modern) China who have failed to pursue Levenson’s idea; China is also woefully absent in the burgeoning scholarship in the movement known as the “new cosmopolitanism.”

But Levenson, according to Professors Hu and Elverskog, as with so much of his scholarship, was clearly on to something important. In fact, in the current academic climate it seems almost irresponsible not to address this. Their forthcoming volume, Cosmopolitanism in China, 1600-1950, is therefore a pioneering attempt to explore the implications and possibilities of Levenson’s potent observation regarding China in relation to the growing scholarship on cosmopolitanism around the world.

This book is part of the Cambria Sinophone World Series, led by Dr. Victor Mair (University of Pennsylvania).

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Baojuan (Precious Scrolls) of China explained by Eminent Sinologist Wilt Idema (Harvard University)

baojuan Precious Scrolls ChinaWhat are the baojuan 寶卷 (precious scrolls) of China?

Eminent Sinologist Wilt Idema (Harvard University) explains:

Precious scrolls (baojuan) is the name of a genre of prosimetric texts (texts written in an alternation of prose and verse) on religious subjects and written in vernacular Chinese. The most recent catalogue of precious scrolls lists more than 1500 titles. The oldest examples of the genre can be dated back to the 14th century. These earliest examples of the genre are all Buddhist in nature and range in content from adaptations of Buddhist sutras to retellings of pious stories. Originally, precious scrolls were performed by monks and nuns for lay audiences in a ritual setting. During the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) the genre was also adopted by the founders of new religions who used the format to spread their message, while during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) many stories that were not necessarily religious in origin were also rewritten as precious scrolls (many stories are available in multiple versions). During these centuries precious scrolls also came to be performed by lay people, both men and women. The texts originally circulated in manuscript, but many of them also were printed.

Dr. Idema is one of this year’s winners of the prestigious Special Book Award of China established by China’s State Administration of Press and Publication.

Dr. Idema’s latest book is The Immortal Maiden Equal to Heaven and Other Precious Scrolls from Western Gansu. This book is part of the Cambria Sinophone World Series, headed by another eminent Sinologist, Victor H. Mair (University of Pennsylvania).

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Cambria Press Author Wilt Idema of Harvard University Wins Special Book Award of China

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Cambria Press author Wilt L. Idema is one of the recipients of the prestigious Special Book Award of China.

Cambria Press congratulates Dr. Wilt Idema of Harvard University on winning the prestigious Special Book Award of China. Leading Sinologist, Dr. Idema’s research interests range from Chinese women’s literature to traditional Chinese vernacular literature (fiction and drama). In recent years he also has published several collections of traditional popular ballads and prosimetric narratives. His most recent books include The Red Brush: Writing Women of Imperial China (with Beata Grant, 2004); Monks, Bandits, Lovers and Immortals: Eleven Early Chinese Plays (with Stephen H. West, 2010); The Resurrected Skeleton: From Zhuangzi to Lu Xun (2014); The Orphan of Zhao and Other Yuan Plays: The Earliest Known Versions (with Stephen H. West, 2015); The Metamorphosis of Tianxian pei: Local Opera Under the Revolution (1949-1956) (2015); and Passion, Poverty and Travel: Traditional Hakka Songs and Ballads (2015).

His latest book The Immortal Maiden Equal to Heaven and Other Precious Scrolls from Western Gansu will be published by Cambria Press next month. It is part of the Cambria Sinophone World Series led by another world-renowned Sinologist, Victor H. Mair of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Cambria Press Author Ross King (Head of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia) on Cantonese in The Economist

Cambria Press Author Ross King, who is the Head of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia (UBC), was interviewed by The Economist on bringing Cantonese back to the university.

There are approximately 62 million people who speak Cantonese, but Mandarin is increasingly the language of choice for the Chinese diaspora, but

UBC is putting up a fight. The university has rejected four offers from the Confucius Institute, a cultural body financed by China’s government, to expand its teaching of Mandarin. “When a university can reject money, it’s a subtle form of pushback to an overbearing culture,” says Mr King. Instead, in 2013 UBC accepted C$2m ($1.5m) from a pair of philanthropists in Hong Kong to offer Cantonese.

Read more at  http://www.economist.com/news/americas/21661035-chinatown-cantonese-squares-against-mandarin-long-live-cantopop?frsc=dg%7Ca

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Cambria Press Author Ross King, Head of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia, is interviewed by The Economist on Cantonese making its way back to the university. See also Dr. Ross’s book in the Cambria Sinophone World Series, headed by Dr. Victor Mair (University of Pennsylvania)

Ross King’s latest publication, released just last year, is Infected Korean Language, Purity versus Hybridity: From the Sinographic Cosmopolis to Japanese Colonialism to Global English, which has been praised for being “brilliant, innovative, … a real masterpiece.”

Dr. King’s book is in the Cambria Sinophone World Series, headed by world-renowned Sinologist Victor Mair (University of Pennsylvania), who blogs regularly at the Language Log.

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