Wenxuan 文選

An anthology of poetry covering the Warring States to c. 500 by 萧统 Xiao Tong (501-531) with commentary by 李善 Li Shan (630-689)


Wikisource, accessed 2018-07-10, https://zh.wikisource.org/wiki/昭明文選.

English translations

  • Knechtges, David R 1982, Wen Xuan Or Selections of Refined Literature: Rhapsodies on Metropolises and Capitals, Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Knechtges, David R 1987, Wen Xuan or Selections of Refined Literature, Volume 2: Rhapsodies on Sacrifices, Hunting, Travel, Sightseeing, Palaces and Halls, Rivers and Seas, Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Knechtges, David R 1996, Wen Xuan or Selections of Refined Literature, Volume 3: Rhapsodies on Natural Phenomena, Birds and Animals, Aspirations and Feelings, Sorrowful Laments, Literature, Music, and Passions, Princeton: Princeton University Press.
  • Pollard, David 2002, The Chinese Essay: An Anthology, New York: Columbia University Press, pp. 25-27. Includes a translation of 出師表 “To Lead out the Army“ by Zhuge Liang in Scroll 37.
  • Waley, Arthur 1919, A Hundred and Seventy Chinese Poems, New York: Alfred Knopf, https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/A_Hundred_and_Seventy_Chinese_Poems. Translation of 風賦 “The Man-Wind and the Woman-Wind,“ by 宋玉 Song Yu, pp. 41-42 in Scroll 13; 古詩一十九首 “Seventeen Old Poems“ [two short compared with Wen Xuan] by 枚乘 Mei Cheng, pp. 59-68 in Scroll 29.
  • Discussion

    1. Idema, W L and Haft, L 1997, A Guide to Chinese Literature, Ann Arbor: Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, p. 112.
    2. Knechtges, David R 1995, 'Problems of Translation: The Wen hsuan in English,' in Translating Chinese Literature, Chen Ou-yang (ed.), Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, pp. 41-56.
    3. Knechtges, David R 2017, 'Chapter 19: Pre-Tang Anthologies and Anthologization,' in The Oxford Handbook of Classical Chinese Literature (1000 BCE-900CE), Denecke, Wiebke, Wai-Yee Li, and Xiaofei Tian (eds), New York: Oxford University Press, pp. 295-301.
    4. Knechtges, David R 2015, “Wen xuan 文選,” In Early Medieval Chinese Texts: A Bibliographical Guide, edited by Albert E Dien, Cynthia Louise Chennault, Keith Nathaniel Knapp, and Alan J Berkowitz, Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies University of California, pp. 381-388.

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