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Comparative Journeys
Author: Anthony C. Yu

ISBN: 9780231143264
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 16 September 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.6
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Throughout his academic career, Anthony C. Yu has employed a comparative approach to literary analysis that pays careful attention to the religious and philosophical elements of Chinese and Western texts. His mastery of both canons remains unmatched in the field, and his immense knowledge of the contexts that gave rise to each tradition supplies the foundations for ideal comparative scholarship.

In these essays, Yu explores the overlap between literature and religion in Chinese and Western literature. He opens with a principal method for relating texts to religion and follows with several essays that apply this approach to single texts in discrete traditions: the Greek religion in Prometheus; Christian theology in Milton; ancient Chinese philosophical thought in Laozi; and Chinese religious syncretism in "The Journey to the West."

Yu's essays juxtapose Chinese and Western texts "Cratylus" next to "Xunzi," for exampleand discuss their relationship to language and subjects, such as liberal Greek education against general education in China. He compares a specific Western text and religion to a specific Chinese text a...

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