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Distinguished Lectures on Chinese Culture and Religion - Of Trees, a Son, and Kingship: Recovering an Ancient Chinese Dream

by Professor Edward Shaughnessy, Creel Distinguished Service Professor of Early China at the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations of the University of Chicago

Date                 9 October 2018
Time                 4:30pm-6:00pm
Venue               N003
(The talk will be conducted in English.)

The first volume of the Tsinghua University Warring States bamboo-strip manuscripts contains a text with passages that match medieval quotations of a text referred to as Cheng wu程寤or Awakening at Cheng, which in turn is said to be a lost chapter of the Yi Zhou shu逸周書or Leftover Zhou Documents. The passages concern one of Chinese literature’s earliest interpretations of a dream, and were quoted in medieval encyclopedias in their sections on dreams. The significance of this discovery both for Chinese textual history and also for the interpretation of this particular dream will be discussed.

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