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Featured Texts 3: Encyclopedias

Another kind of books written in Chinese text is catalogue.

In this step, we look at reference works such as dictionaries, compendia of quotations, and encyclopedias.

Here are some representative works;

  • a. Xinbian shiwen leiju (J. Shinpen Jibun Ruijū, Newly-Edited Encyclopedia of History and Literature)
  • b. Yunfu qunyu (J. Inpu gungyoku, Assembled Jade Tablets, Arranged by Rhyme, 1307),
  • c. Gujin yunhui juyao (J. Kokon In ne koyō, Essential Rhymes from Ancient and Modern Times, 1297)

Watch the video to look at two major examples published in China.

Keio University books introduced in the video:

  1. Shilin guangji (Vast Record from the Forest of Things, J. Jirin kōki), Ming-period edition (15th. c)
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  2. Zengguang shilian shixue dacheng (Expanded Introduction to Poetry and Poetic Matters, J. Zōkō jiren shigaku taisei), Yuan-period edition, 14th c.
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Keywords introduced in the video

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