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Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Aboriginal Child at School     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
About Performance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Access     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 23)
ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Acta Universitaria     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Adeptus     Open Access  
Advocate: Newsletter of the National Tertiary Education Union     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Afghanistan     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
African Historical Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
AFRREV IJAH : An International Journal of Arts and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Agriculture and Human Values     Open Access   (Followers: 26)
Akademisk Kvarter / Academic Quarter     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Aleph : UCLA Undergraduate Research Journal for the Humanities and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Alterstice : Revue internationale de la recherche interculturelle     Open Access  
Amaltea. Revista de mitocrítica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
American Imago     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
American Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
American Review of Canadian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Anabases     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Anglo-Saxon England     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 31)
Antik Tanulmányok     Full-text available via subscription  
Antipode     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 65)
Anuario Americanista Europeo     Open Access  
Arbutus Review     Open Access  
Argumentation et analyse du discours     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Ars & Humanitas     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Artefact : Techniques, histoire et sciences humaines     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Artes Humanae     Open Access  
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 36)
Asia Europe Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Astra Salvensis     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Australasian Journal of Popular Culture, The     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Behaviour & Information Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32)
Behemoth     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Belin Lecture Series     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Bereavement Care     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
BMC Journal of Scientific Research     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Borderlands Journal : Culture, Politics, Law and Earth     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Cahiers de praxématique     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Child Care     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Chinese Studies Journal     Open Access  
Choreographic Practices     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Claroscuro     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Co-herencia     Open Access  
Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Cogent Arts & Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Colloquia Humanistica     Open Access  
Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Con Texte     Open Access  
Congenital Anomalies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Creative Industries Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Critical Arts : South-North Cultural and Media Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Cuadernos de historia de España     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Cultural History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 61)
Culturas : Debates y Perspectivas de un Mundo en Cambio     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Culture, Theory and Critique     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)
Daedalus     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Dandelion : Postgraduate Arts Journal & Research Network     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Death Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Digital Humanities Quarterly     Open Access   (Followers: 54)
Digitális Bölcsészet / Digital Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Diogenes     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Dorsal : Revista de Estudios Foucaultianos     Open Access  
E+E : Estudios de Extensión en Humanidades     Open Access  
e-Hum : Revista das Áreas de Humanidade do Centro Universitário de Belo Horizonte     Open Access  
Early Modern Culture Online     Open Access   (Followers: 36)
East Asian Pragmatics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
EAU Heritage Journal Social Science and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Égypte - Monde arabe     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Eighteenth-Century Fiction     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20)
Éire-Ireland     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
En-Claves del pensamiento     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Enfoques     Open Access  
Esclavages & Post-esclavages     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ethiopian Journal of the Social Sciences and Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Études arméniennes contemporaines     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Études canadiennes / Canadian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Études de lettres     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
European Journal of Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
European Journal of Social Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Expositions     Full-text available via subscription  
Fa Nuea Journal     Open Access  
Fields: Journal of Huddersfield Student Research     Open Access  
Frontiers in Digital Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Fudan Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
GAIA - Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
German Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
German Studies Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 32)
Germanic Review, The     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Globalizations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Gruppe. Interaktion. Organisation. Zeitschrift für Angewandte Organisationspsychologie (GIO)     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Habitat International     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Hacettepe Üniversitesi Edebiyat Fakültesi Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
Heritage & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Heritage, Memory and Conflict Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
History of Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Hopscotch: A Cultural Review     Full-text available via subscription  
Horizontes LatinoAmericanos     Open Access  
Human and Ecological Risk Assessment: An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Human Nature     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Human Performance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Human Remains and Violence : An Interdisciplinary Journal     Full-text available via subscription  
Human Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
humanidades     Open Access  
Humanidades em diálogo     Open Access  
Humanités Numériques     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Humanities and Social Science Research     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Humanities and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Humanities and Social Sciences Communications     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Humanities and Social Sciences Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Humanities and Social Sciences Journal of Graduate School, Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University     Open Access  
Humanities and Social Sciences Journal, Ubon Ratchathani Rajabhat University     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Humanities Diliman : A Philippine Journal of Humanities     Open Access  
Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Studies (HASSS)     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Hungarian Cultural Studies     Open Access  
Hungarian Studies     Full-text available via subscription  
Hybrid : Revue des Arts et Médiations Humaines     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Ibadan Journal of Humanistic Studies     Full-text available via subscription  
Inkanyiso : Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences     Open Access  
Insaniyat : Journal of Islam and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Business, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)
International Journal of Heritage Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
International Journal of Humanities and Cultural Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research     Open Access  
International Journal of Humanities of the Islamic Republic of Iran     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
International Journal of Humanity Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Listening     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Research and Scholarly Communication     Open Access  
International Journal of the Classical Tradition     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
International Research Journal of Arts & Humanities     Open Access  
Interventions : International Journal of Postcolonial Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
ÍSTMICA. Revista de la Facultad de Filosofía y Letras     Open Access  
Iztapalapa : Revista de ciencias sociales y humanidades     Open Access  
Jaunujų mokslininkų darbai     Open Access  
Jednak Książki : Gdańskie Czasopismo Humanistyczne     Open Access  
Jewish Culture and History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Journal de la Société des Américanistes     Open Access  
Journal des africanistes     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal for Cultural Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Journal for General Philosophy of Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Journal for Learning Through the Arts     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Aesthetics & Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 20)
Journal of African American Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Journal of African Cultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Arts & Communities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Arts and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 23)
Journal of Arts and Social Sciences     Open Access  
Journal of Bioethical Inquiry     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Burirum Rajabhat University     Open Access  
Journal of Cultural Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Journal of Cultural Geography     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Journal of Data Mining and Digital Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 39)
Journal of Developing Societies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Family Theory & Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Franco-Irish Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Happiness Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences     Open Access  
Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences Surin Rajabhat University     Open Access  
Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, Rajapruk University     Open Access  
Journal of Humanities, Arts and Social Science     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Intercultural Communication Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Journal of Intercultural Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Journal of Interdisciplinary History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Journal of Labor Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Journal of Medical Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 46)
Journal of Modern Greek Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Modern Jewish Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Journal of Open Humanities Data     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Population and Sustainability     Open Access  
Journal of Semantics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of University of Babylon for Humanities     Open Access  
Journal of Visual Culture     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)
Jurisprudence     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Jurnal Sosial Humaniora     Open Access  
L'Orientation scolaire et professionnelle     Open Access  
Lagos Notes and Records     Full-text available via subscription  
Language and Intercultural Communication     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Language Resources and Evaluation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Law and Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Law, Culture and the Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Le Portique     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Leadership     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)
Legal Ethics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Legon Journal of the Humanities     Full-text available via subscription  
Letras : Órgano de la Facultad de Letras y Ciencias Huamans     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Literary and Linguistic Computing     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Lwati : A Journal of Contemporary Research     Full-text available via subscription  

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Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies
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ISSN (Print) 0073-0548 - ISSN (Online) 1944-6454
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  • Nation-Empire: Ideology and Rural Youth Mobilization in Japan and Its
           Colonies by Sayaka Chatani (review)

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      Abstract: Nation-Empire is based on groundbreaking research about how rural youth across the Japanese empire emerged as a formidable group of supporters of the imperial state during World War II. Bringing together robust primary-source research done in Japan, Taiwan, and Korea, the book not only provides valuable information about little-known linkages across the empire but also sets a new standard for empire-wide study in the field of Japanese imperialism. In addition to the enlightening explanation of what motivated the youth to support the imperial state, readers are provided with novel insights into the minds of the youth that the author excavated from seldom-accessed personal accounts. The book provides unique ... Read More
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           Authority in Late Imperial China by Suyoung Son (review)

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      Abstract: The two works reviewed examine book culture and publishing in two very different periods of Chinese history. Suyoung Son’s Writing for Print looks at a particular set of publishing practices in the early part of the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), a period that saw the culmination of many developments in Chinese book culture and when printed works (predominantly by woodblocks) went hand in hand with manuscript production. Her introduction lays out a highly ambitious plan for her book, including the examination of the complex relationships between writing and publishing (in the broad sense of the word), as well as state censorship in an age when printing had already been in use in China for a thousand years and when one ... Read More
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  • Guan Yu: The Religious Afterlife of a Failed Hero by Barend J. ter Haar
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      Abstract: This book was long in the making, having its beginnings in archival research done by the author as a graduate student in Japan from 1982 to 1984. It had been quietly simmering on a back burner since then, being visited every now and then when the author came across new publications or had the opportunity to visit field sites. In Chinese mythology, long gestation periods typically herald the miraculous births of saintly or divine beings. So a certain sense of heightened expectation has been building over the years as Professor ter Haar’s colleagues waited for his study of Guan Yu 關羽 (d. 219 or 220) to finally see the light of day. They will not be disappointed by the result.The figure of Guan Yu, or Lord Guan (Guan ... Read More
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  • Seeking Śākyamuni: South Asia in the Formation of Modern Japanese
           Buddhism by Richard M. Jaffe (review)

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      Abstract: “Religion” in Japan became both a problem and a problematized concept in the late nineteenth century. Buddhists in Japan met the first aspect, the aggressive persecution of Buddhism and the near elimination of several aspects of this once-dominant institution, in numerous ways. One of the more intriguing responses to this persecution was dedicated to the construction of a New Buddhist history. Works ranging from biographies of the Buddha, to studies of the geography of ancient India, to reviews of the early Buddhist conferences filled monograph after monograph and journal after journal as the New Buddhists sought to inscribe (or, one might say, recover) the origins of their faith within a specific and verifiable ... Read More
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  • The Korean Buddhist Empire: A Transnational History (1910–1945) by
           Hwansoo Ilmee Kim (review)

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      Abstract: The dominant discourses on modern Korean Buddhism tend to rely on a dualistic paradigm that places nationalists on one side and collaborators on the other. In this understanding, Korean Buddhism is identified as pure Buddhism, which requires monastics to maintain celibacy and a vegetarian diet, whereas Japanese Buddhism is contaminated, since Japanese monastics may marry and eat meat. Problems of such a paradigm have been pointed out by scholars, especially in the English-speaking world. Hwansoo Ilmee Kim, the author of Korean Buddhist Empire: A Transnational History (1910–1945), is one of the major voices whose scholarship challenges the dualistic evaluation and gives attention to the complex reality of Korean ... Read More
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  • Aesthetic Life: Beauty and Art in Modern Japan by Miya Elise Mizuta Lippit
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      Abstract: Miya Elise Mizuta Lippit’s new book, Aesthetic Life, is a rich investigation into the emergence of the bijin 美人 (beautiful woman) as a prominent figure in mid-to-late Meiji- and Taishō-period Japanese culture. The immediate goal of the study is more specifically art-historical: to examine the factors that led to the emergence of bijinga 美人画 (paintings of beautiful women) as a distinct subbranch of nihonga 日本画 (Japanese-style painting) in the early twentieth century. But in doing so, Lippit uncovers the stunning ubiquity of the bijin, within and much beyond the visual field, as a figure continuously depicted in Japanese artworks and literary texts and discussed by prominent artists, critics, journalists, literary ... Read More
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  • Dispelling the Darkness: A Jesuit’s Quest for the Soul of Tibet by
           Donald S. Lopez Jr. and Thupten Jinpa, and: “More than the Promised
           Land”: Letters and Relations from Tibet by the Jesuit Missionary
           António de Andrade (1580–1634) by Michael J. Sweet (review)

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      Abstract: The study of the Catholic missions that accompanied late medieval and early modern European expansion has been something of a growth industry of late, touching even popular culture through films such as Bruce Beresford’s Black Robe (1991) and Martin Scorsese’s Silence (2016). Though the missions to Tibet have yet to make it onto the screen, a small but steady flow of new scholarship in English has begun to make knowledge and understanding of them available to interested readers who may not be specialists in either Tibetan studies or missiology. Above all, two titles devoted to the voyage of Ippolito Desideri (1684–1733), a Jesuit originally from Pistoia in Tuscany, have brought renewed attention to that noteworthy ... Read More
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  • Astral Sciences in Early Imperial China: Observation, Sagehood and the
           Individual by Daniel Patrick Morgan (review)

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      Abstract: This book packs quite a wallop. As the author puts it, “the subject of this book is not ‘empiricism’, ‘progress’ or ‘science’ but the legend that these and similar ideas have inspired. The question as concerns legend, the history of religion should teach us, is not whether it is true, but how it is told, how it is acted upon, and how it is reimagined, renegotiated and repeated” (p. 220). Morgan uses the word “legend” in a sense introduced by Philip Kitcher, a philosopher of science and other topics.1 By “Legend” (with a capital “L”), Kitcher means the convictions with which “successive generations of scientists have filled in more and more parts of the COMPLETE TRUE STORY OF THE WORLD” (emphasis in original, p. ... Read More
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  • Just a Song: Chinese Lyrics from the Eleventh and Early Twelfth Centuries
           by Stephen Owen (review)

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      Abstract: In this monumental book on song lyrics (ci 詞), Stephen Owen again revolutionizes the way Chinese literature is read. First of all, this book offers a radical reconsideration of the origins of the song-lyric tradition. I believe that one of Owen’s greatest contributions in this book is his claim that song lyrics originated in “the textualization of an existing practice” (p. 9). This brilliant point proves that the renowned scholar Ren Bantang’s 任半塘 theory about the “voiced poems of the Tang” (Tang shengshi 唐聲詩) is wrong.1 In his book, Ren argues that since the voiced poems of the Tang are isometric shi 詩 (poems), they cannot possibly be sung to the ci patterns, which are reserved for hetero-metric lyrics.2 But Owen ... Read More
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  • Maritime Ryukyu, 1050–1650 by Gregory Smits (review)

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      Abstract: The map on the cover of this fascinating book indicates the centrality of Ryukyu 琉球 in the maritime network extending from coastal Korea to the Japanese islands of Tsushima 対馬 and Iki 壱岐, along the western shore of Kyushu, and southward toward Taiwan and China’s littoral. Smits’s aim is to write a history of early Ryukyu outside the dominant framework of Confucian ideology. Much of this kingdom’s development from the late fourteenth century is tied to its role as a trading intermediary between Ming China and Southeast Asian dominions, as recorded in Lidai baoan 歴代宝案 (J. Rekidai hōan; Precious documents of successive generations).1 Smits sees a need to reconsider the idea that situates Ryukyu as purely a tributary ... Read More
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  • Chinese Architecture: A History by Nancy Shatzman Steinhardt (review)

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      Abstract: Nancy Steinhardt’s Chinese Architecture: A History is a sweeping survey of monumental architecture, tombs, and city plans from the Neolithic period through the twentieth century. Among her largely chronological arrangement of chapters, the author also includes useful supplementary sections on Yingzao fashi 營造法式 (a Song-dynasty building treatise), houses, and gardens. A splendidly illustrated quarto-sized tome, Chinese Architecture stands in a certain tradition of attempted comprehensiveness in English-language books on the subject, which includes Laurence G. Liu’s 1989 publication and the 2002 multiauthored volume Steinhardt edited.1 This book, however, supersedes its predecessors in its comprehensiveness and ... Read More
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  • The Halberd at Red Cliff: Jian’an and the Three Kingdoms by Xiaofei
           Tian (review)

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      Abstract: At the beginning of her study of the Three Kingdoms era (220–263) and its later representations, Professor Tian draws a fundamental distinction. The literary historical account of the era (often referred to as “Jian’an Wei” 建安魏) is associated with the Cao 曹 family and their salon, especially with the poetic output of the so-called Seven Masters of the Jian’an era (Jian’an qizi 建安七子); this is the wen 文 (“civil”) history of the time, remembered through a handful of canonical texts. Then there is the more popular wu 武 (“martial”) aspect of the era that developed in the late medieval and early modern periods; this version has the great Ming dynasty (1368–1644) novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Sanguozhi yanyi 三國志演義) ... Read More
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