Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies


Glimpses into Zhong Hong's educational background, with remarks on manifestations of the Zhouyi in his writings 1

a1 School of Oriental and African Studies

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This article attempts to shed new light on the significance of the Zhouyi (Changes of Zhou or Book of Changes) in Zhong Hong's intellectual biography, and sets forth insights into the way in which intellectual influences of philosophical strata are interwoven in the Shipin (Kriterion Poietikon), one of the major contributions to Chinese literary criticism during the Nanbeichao period. Departing from comments made by Zhong Hong's biographers about his expertise on the Zhouyi, the intricate textual fabric of his writings is explored in the light of the intellectual discourse of his day. The Shipin is read as a complex blend of scholarly traditions and original insights, a number of its underlying structural principles are interpreted as allusions closely linked to conceptual kernels which originate from the Zhouyi and its exegetical literature.


1 Technical note: The following abbreviations are used for collectanea, etc.: BZQS for Baizi quanshu (Photolithographic reproduction of the Shaoye shanfang edition, 1875. 8 vols; Hangzhou: Zhejiang Renmin chubanshe, [1984] 1985); CSJC for Congshu jicheng [chubian]; HWCS for Cheng Rong (comp.), Han Wei congshu (Reprint of a Wanli (1573–1620) edition (with alterations). Changchun: Jilin Daxue chubanshe, 1992); LYJC for Yan Lingfeng (comp.), Wuqiubei zhai Lunyu jicheng (30 cases; Taibei: Yiwen yinshuguan, 1966); SBBY for Sibu beiyao (100 vols; Beijing: Zhonghua shuju, 1989); SBCK for Sibu congkan [zhengbian (100 vols; Taibei: Taiwan Shangwu yinshuguan, 1979); SSJZS for Shisan jing zhushu [fu jiaokanji] (Photolithographic reproduction of the Nanchang edition, 1815/1816. 8 vols; Taibei: Yiwen yinshuguan, 101985); SYCS for Zhang Junheng (comp.), Shiyuan congshu (Published by the compiler, 1913–16); ZTDZ for Zhengtong Daozang ZZJC for Zhuzi jicheng (8 vols; Beijing: Zhonghua shuju, [1954] 1993).