The Confucian Legendary Past

Yuri Pines*

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A vast and complex tradition foundational to East Asian civilizations, Confucianism continues to be a cultural force of global significance. The Oxford Handbook of Confucianism is a collection of 38 essays that explore the variety, complexity, and richness of Confucianism over time and across regions. These essays are written to be of value to the educated public while presenting new scholarship and fresh perspectives from leading scholars in Confucian studies. Using a range of critical approaches, the volume is divided into four parts. Confucianism presents unique problems to study and interpretation, and Part I offers three essays exploring the history and criticism of East Asian and Western constructions of the tradition. Part II considers Confucianism’s development within the Chinese context, centering on historical moments, key figures, and formative texts. The third part analyzes the development, impact, and reach of Confucianism in Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and “Boston Confucianism.” The final part offers topical studies of the impact of Confucianism in culture, politics and government, social structures, and ideology, exploring topics as wide-ranging as family, social structure, gender, visual and literary arts, government, ethics, religion, and ritual. Expansive in scope and sophisticated in approach, the Oxford Handbook of Confucianism presents a superb resource for study of this ancient, and still vibrant tradition.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Confucianism
EditorsJennifer Oldstone-Moore
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780190906214, 9780190906207, 9780190906191
ISBN (Print)9780190906184
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023

Publication series

NameOxford Handbooks


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