2016/2017 School of Chinese Research Students Seminar
Rereading the Shang Shu in Light of Excavated Texts: A Case Study of the “Jinteng” Chapter in Tsinghua Bamboo Manuscripts
劉禕汀 Ms. Liu Yi Ting
Date and Time: March 24, 2017 (Friday), 4:00-5:15pm
Venue: Room 730, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus
The Book of Documents (Shang Shu) has been one of the most important classics of ancient Chinese literature and Confucian scriptures for more than two millennia. The author(s) and dating of Shang Shu, however, have long been debated. The transmission process of various versions of Shang Shu was particularly complex, and has long been a subject of controversy since the Han Dynasty. There have been more than 100 discoveries of bamboo and silk manuscripts in China since the 20th century, unearthing over 300,000 strips which contain substantial content. The Tsinghua Bamboo Strips were acquired by Tsinghua University in 2008. These manuscripts are believed to date from Chu state of the late Warring States period. Several texts in the Tsinghua bamboo strips can be correlated to the extant version of Shang Shu, including the “Jinteng”, “Yingao”, “Yinzhi”, “Baoxun”, and “FuYue zhi ming”, providing substantial and new resources and evidence for further researches on Shang Shu. By comparing the textual variations between the existing version of “Jinteng” with its excavated counterpart, my presentation aims to illustrate the value and significance of the Tsinghua bamboo strips in the studying of Shang Shu from historical, exegetical and philological perspectives.
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