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Author Schmiedl, Anne, author.

Title Chinese character manipulation in literature and divination : the Zichu by Zhou Lianggong (1612-1672) / by Anne Schmiedl
Published Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2020]


Description 1 online resource (xi, 356 pages)
Series Prognostication in history, 2589-4404 ; volume 3
Prognostication in history ; v. 3.
Contents Prologue: Script and Divination Intertwined -- The Manipulation of Chinese Characters Cezi -- Surrounding and Extending the Zichu: The Paratexts -- Different Approaches to Cezi: The Six Chapters of the Zichu -- Epilogue: Character Manipulation, Then and Now
Summary "In Chinese Character Manipulation in Literature and Divination, Anne Schmiedl analyses the little-studied method of Chinese character manipulation as found in imperial sources. Focusing on one of the most famous and important works on this subject, the Zichu by Zhou Lianggong (1612-1672), Schmiedl traces and discusses the historical development and linguistic properties of this method. This book represents the first thorough study of the Zichu and the reader is invited to explore how, on the one hand, the educated elite leveraged character manipulation as a literary play form. On the other hand, as detailed exhaustively by Schmiedl, practitioners of divination also used and altered the visual, phonetic, and semantic structure of Chinese characters to gain insights into events and objects in the material world"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-345) and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on April 12, 2021)
Subject Zhou, Lianggong, 1612-1672. Zichu
Fortune-telling by Chinese characters.
Fortune-telling by Chinese characters
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2020003253
ISBN 9789004422377