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Article: Angelo Zottoli’s Cursus litteraturæ sinicæ as propaedeutic to Chinese classical tradition

TitleAngelo Zottoli’s Cursus litteraturæ sinicæ as propaedeutic to Chinese classical tradition
Authors
KeywordsAngelo Zottoli
Examination essays
History of Sinology
Translation of Chinese classics
Zikawei mission
Issue Date2015
Citation
Monumenta Serica, 2015, v. 63, n. 2, p. 327-359 How to Cite?
Abstract© Monumenta Serica Institute 2015.One of the most impressive landmarks in Western Sinology must be the Cursus litteraturæ sinicæ by Italian Jesuit Angelo Zottoli (1826–1902). This four-thousand page work, presented as a Latin introduction to the written Chinese language, is actually a synoptic guide to the Chinese tradition, encompassing a vast range of texts from the Shijing (Book of Songs) to Qing-era examination essays, poetry, and letters. The Cursus was regarded even in its own time as an overly demanding text for beginners, but it remains a useful model for thinking abouthowscholars of premodern China should approach the linguistic and rhetorical features of texts. Though specialized study is essential, an appreciation of premodern China also demands comprehensive perspective. Conscious reflection on the Cursus and its potential may thus help to clarify some of the challenges faced by Sinology in the 21st century.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/233876
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.102

 

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dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Nicholas Morrow-
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-27T07:21:52Z-
dc.date.available2016-09-27T07:21:52Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationMonumenta Serica, 2015, v. 63, n. 2, p. 327-359-
dc.identifier.issn0254-9948-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/233876-
dc.description.abstract© Monumenta Serica Institute 2015.One of the most impressive landmarks in Western Sinology must be the Cursus litteraturæ sinicæ by Italian Jesuit Angelo Zottoli (1826–1902). This four-thousand page work, presented as a Latin introduction to the written Chinese language, is actually a synoptic guide to the Chinese tradition, encompassing a vast range of texts from the Shijing (Book of Songs) to Qing-era examination essays, poetry, and letters. The Cursus was regarded even in its own time as an overly demanding text for beginners, but it remains a useful model for thinking abouthowscholars of premodern China should approach the linguistic and rhetorical features of texts. Though specialized study is essential, an appreciation of premodern China also demands comprehensive perspective. Conscious reflection on the Cursus and its potential may thus help to clarify some of the challenges faced by Sinology in the 21st century.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofMonumenta Serica-
dc.subjectAngelo Zottoli-
dc.subjectExamination essays-
dc.subjectHistory of Sinology-
dc.subjectTranslation of Chinese classics-
dc.subjectZikawei mission-
dc.titleAngelo Zottoli’s Cursus litteraturæ sinicæ as propaedeutic to Chinese classical tradition-
dc.typeArticle-
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/02549948.2015.1106835-
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dc.identifier.volume63-
dc.identifier.issue2-
dc.identifier.spage327-
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