A groundbreaking paintings that treats writing as a ritual perform and texts as ritual objects.
Approaching writing as a kind of cultural perform and figuring out textual content as an ancient item, this publication not just recovers components of the ritual perform of Middle-Period weddings, but additionally reassesses the connection among texts and the Middle-Period prior. Its fourfold narrative of the writing of weddings and its lively engagement with the texts—ritual manuals, engagement letters, nuptial songs, calendars and almanacs, and felony texts—offer a kind and elegance for a cultural heritage that contains the particularities of the resources of the chinese language imperial past.
“…The Writing of Weddings in Middle-Period China … superbly marries pathbreaking insights drawn from diverse disciplines, together with gender reviews, archaeology, and cultural anthropology.” — Philosophy East & West
“Christian de Pee has written a unprecedented publication … the guts of the publication is de Pee’s masterful textual research … de Pee is barely bringing ‘another’ standpoint, albeit … a crucial and brilliantly awarded one, to our look for the ‘truth’ approximately China’s heart period.” — magazine of Asian Studies
“…recommended to students of chinese language social historical past and anthropology for its textual resources and specific information.” — magazine of chinese language Religions
“In some ways it is a notable ebook. it really is replete with specific and fascinating info that relate to the party of weddings within the ‘middle-period’ of China’s history—the Tang, track, and Yuan dynasties.” — magazine of the Royal Asiatic Society
“De Pee offers a brand new theoretical method of Middle-Period background. In so doing he sees texts as ritual items in themselves (in a variety of historic varieties, usually not extant), and he sees writing as a ritual perform embedded in a ancient context. This booklet is pathbreaking and hugely erudite. It units a brand new common for historic inquiry within the China box. it's going to certainly be famous as a seminal paintings in its personal box and beyond.” — Bettine Birge, writer of ladies, estate, and Confucian response in Sung and Yüan China (960–1368)
Christian de Pee is Assistant Professor of historical past on the college of Michigan.