On the ancient texts collated by Wang Niansun(1744-1832) Faculty of Arts
Speaker: Prof. Cheung Kam Siu (Department of Chinese Language & Literature)
Date: 27 March 2015 (Fri)
Time: 4:00pm
Venue: G24, Arts and Humanities Hub, Fung King Hey Building, CUHK
Language: English
Abstract: Wang Niansun was a Qing scholar distinguished for his studies in textual criticism and semantics, whose researches on pre-Qin, Qin and Han ancient texts have been widely acknowledged and applied by scholars to this day. Some of his views of collating ancient texts even coincide with the executed texts of the pre-Qin, Qin and Han Dynasty, which shows that his insights are outstanding. Present research into the great scholar’s studies has been hampered, however, since such valuable materials can be accessed only by gleaning through Guangya shuzheng (《廣雅疏證》) and Dushu Zazhi (《讀書雜志》). In this talk, the speaker introduced several ancient texts collated by Wang Niansun that are now scattered around libraries of rare books in China and Taiwan. The significance of these newly-discovered materials of the study of Wang’s theory of textual criticism and semantics was also discussed.


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