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Friday, October 26, 2018 at 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Rockefeller Hall, 374 - Asian Studies Lounge
Professor Mair writes: This reading for CCCC is taken from one of the earliest miracle tales about Guanshiyin (Avalokiteśvara), preserved only in a Japanese monastery. What is striking about the passage we'll be reading is that it perfectly complements a historical record in the History of the Jin (Jin shu from around the same time.)
The CCCC is a reading group for students and scholars interested in premodern Chinese studies. All are welcome, at any level of experience with classical Chinese.
At each session one participant presents a text in classical or literary Chinese. Attendees discuss historical, literary, linguistic, and all other aspects of the text, and work together to resolve difficulties in comprehension and translation. Presentations include works of all sorts, from the earliest times to the twentieth century.
No preparation required: all texts will be distributed at the meeting.
About our presenter:
Professor Mair has been teaching at the University of Pennsylvania since 1979. He specializes in Buddhist popular literature as well as the vernacular tradition of Chinese fiction and the performing arts. Throughout the 1990's, Professor Mair organized an interdisciplinary research project on the Bronze Age and Iron Age mummies of Eastern Central Asia. Among other results of his efforts during this period were three documentaries for television (Scientific American, NOVA and Discovery Channel), a major international conference, numerous articles, and a book, "The Tarim Mummies: Ancient China and the Mystery of the Earliest Peoples from the West" (Thames and Hudson, 2000).
Victor H. Mair received his PhD from Harvard University in 1976. He also holds an MPhil degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London).