Between History And Philosophy: Anecdotes In Early China
Between History and Philosophy is the first book-length study in English to focus on the rhetorical functions and forms of anecdotal narratives in early China. Edited by Paul van Els and Sarah A. Queen, this volume advances the thesis that anecdotes--brief, freestanding accounts of single events involving historical figures, and occasionally also unnamed persons, animals, objects, or abstractions--served as an essential tool of persuasion and meaning-making within larger texts. Contributors to the volume analyze the use of anecdotes from the Warring States Period to the Han Dynasty, including their relations to other types of narrative, their circulation and reception, and their central position as a mode of argumentation in a variety of historical and philosophical literary genres.
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- Language: English
- Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr
- ISBN-13: 9781438466125
- ISBN: 1438466129
- Publication Year: 2018