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letter from the asian studies editor s: We are delighted to present the Columbia University Press Asian Studies catalogue of new books for 2015. The books gathered here span many fields in Asian studies—literary studies, philosophy, religion, history, politics, and film. We offer several important new translations of literary works. Gustav Heldt’s The Kojiki: An Account of Ancient Matters is a beautiful new translation of Japan’s oldest literary text. Sonja Arntzen and Moriyuki Ito’s The Sarashina Diary: A Woman’s Life in Eleventh-Century Japan is a new rendering into English with a critical introduction and notes that serve to establish the context of the diary entries. Also on the literary studies portion of the list are two books on Chinese literature—David Der-wei Wang’s monumental The Lyrical in Epic Time: Modern Chinese Intellectuals and Artists Through the 1949 Crisis and Michel Hockx’s Internet Literature in China, a stunning overview of the development of Internet literature in contemporary China and how it challenges literary conventions while operating within the context of the PRC’s publishing system. The Fall of Language in the Age of English, a bestselling book in Japan by the famed novelist Minae Mizumura, has been revised by the author for an English-language audience. The book takes a critical look at the results of English as the singular universal language and asks what that means for the “national languages” and “national literatures” of the world. In Stereotype: South Asia in the Global Literary Imaginary, by Mrinalini Chakravorty, provides a new understanding of the idea of stereotype by exploring its role in the works of prominent South Asian writers and how it shapes ideas of the region in the global cultural imagination. Our recent titles in Asian history and politics also reflect the range and depth of our list. Jie Li’s Shanghai Homes offers a highly original microhistory of residential life in Shanghai in the twentieth century, told through the author’s family history. Wendy Law-Yone’s A Daughter’s Memoir of Burma is an adventure story, a love story, and a political memoir set against Burma’s turbulent twentieth century. Hans van de Ven’s Breaking with the Past: The Maritime Customs Service and the Global Origins of Modernity in China brilliantly recounts China’s rocky entrance into the global political economy. Nicholas Dirks’s Autobiography of an Archive: A Scholar’s Passage to India describes Dirks’s development as a South Asia scholar alongside the unfolding relationship between the American academy and what was then called the “third” or “developing” world. Sandra Fahy conducted lengthy and detailed interviews with more than thirty North Korean refugees. Her book, Marching Through Suffering: Loss and Survival in North Korea, is the first to truly give North Korean people their own voice on the famine, survival, loyalty to the regime, and their surprisingly conflicted views of South Korea and the United States. In Paving the Great Way: Vasubandhu's Unifying Buddhist Philosophy, Jonathan Gold identifies recurrent treatments of causality and scriptural interpretation in Vasubandhu's work that unify distinct strands of his thought under a single, Buddhist philosophy, offering a new perspective on the development of Buddhist epistemology and the theorization of tantra. In religious studies, Richard Boyle’s Realizing Awakened Consciousness: Interviews with Buddhist Teachers and a New Perspective on the Mind investigates how traditions and practices that originated in India, China, Tibet, and Japan have been interpreted by some of North America’s most prominent teachers. Harry Rothschild’s Emperor Wu Zhao and Her Pantheon of Devis, Divinities, and Dynastic Mothers analyzes the tumultuous reign of China’s first and only female emperor. Columbia University Press is also the proud distributor in the United States of the excellent books published by Hong Kong University Press and the Chinese University Press in Hong Kong. 2

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CONTENTS Japanese Literature & Culture........................4 Japanese History & Politics............................ 7 Chinese Literature & Culture.........................8 Chinese History & Politics............................11 Himalayas & Tibet........................................ 14 East Asian Studies.........................................15 Asian Cinema & Media Studies...................19 South/Southast Asian Studies.....................20 Indian History, Religion & Culture............... 22 Korean Literature, Politics & Culture...........24 Asian-American Studies...............................26 Pan-Asian Studies......................................... 28 Buddhism.....................................................29 Order Form....................................................31

Ground Zero, Nagasaki Stories Seirai Yuichi p. 4

Manuscript queries and proposals can be sent to: Anne Routon ( or Asian history and politics. Jennifer Crewe ( for Translations from the Asian Classics and Asian literature. Wendy Lochner ( for Asian philosophy and religion. Philip Leventhal ( for Asian film.

Autobiography of an Archive A Scholar's Passage to India Nicholas B. Dirks p. 21

For a complete listing of Columbia’s titles or for more information about any book in this catalog, visit our web site: Most titles in this catalog pulished by Columbia University Press are available worldwide from the Press. If no UK price appears, it is most likely from Columbia only in the United States, its possessions, and Canada.

Drawing New Color Lines Transnational Asian American Graphic Narratives Edited by Monica Chiu p. 28

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JAPANESE LITERATURE & Culture Forthcoming June


The Tale of Genji



Thomas Harper and Haruo Shirane

Ground Zero, Nagasaki

Reading The Tale of Genji


Sources from the First Millennium Edited by Thomas Harper and Haruo Shirane “This book is a treasure. Erudite and masterful translations, many appearing here for the first time, will advance the field in significant ways.” —Melissa McCormick, Harvard University “A brilliant example of what collaboration among scholars can produce. The introduction to the whole work and to the individual texts are clear, cogent, concise, and engaging, and the translations are very readable and display different nuances in style.”

Seirai Yuichi Translated by Paul Warham

“A moving document of the atomic experience and one that suggests the ways it still affects Japan today.” ——Stephen Snyder, Middlebury College

Translation, Canonization, and World Literature

Set in contemporary Nagasaki, the six short stories in this collection draw a chilling portrait of the ongoing trauma of the detonation of the atomic bomb. Whether they experienced the destruction of the city directly or heard about it from survivors, the characters in these tales filter their pain and alienation through their Catholic faith, illuminating a side of Japanese culture little known in the West. Many of them are descended from the "hidden Christians" who continued to practice their religion in secret during the centuries when it was outlawed in Japan. Urakami Cathedral, the center of Japanese Christian life, stood at ground zero when the bomb fell.

Michael Emmerich

$35.00  / £24.00  cloth 978-0-231-17116-8

$30.00 / £19.50  paper 978-0-231-16273-9

2015 208 pages

—Sonja Arntzen, University of Toronto $65.00 / £45.00 cloth 978-0-231-16658-4 June 2015  656 pages /  13 illus.

New in paper

The Tale of Genji

2013 512 pages / 129 illus. cloth 978-0-231-16272-2


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The Columbia Anthology of Japanese Essays Zuihitsu from the Tenth to the TwentyFirst Century Edited and translated by Steven D. Carter "This focused ramble of the traditional Japanese essay format called zuihitsu (literally, 'following the brush') has appealed to writers of both genders, all ages, and every class in Japanese society. Highly personal, these essays contain dollops of philosophy, odd anecdotes, quiet reflection, and pronouncements on taste. In running alongside the main tracks of Japanese literature, this

The Columbia Anthology of Modern Japanese Drama Edited by J. Thomas Rimer, Mitsuya Mori, and M. Cody Poulton “An excellent representative sampling of modern Japanese drama and a substantial contribution to Japanese literature in translation and the body of Japanese scripts available in English for Western theater artists.” —Kevin J. Wetmore Jr., Loyola Marymount University “Few anthologies are as comprehensive as

broad collection of zuihitsu brims with idio-

this one, and the translators have done an

syncratic interest."

admirable job in capturing the language

—Liza Dalby, author of The Tale of Murasaki

and tone of each of the playwrights. This

and East Wind Melts the Ice

anthology will open up much of modern and

The Columbia Anthology of Japanese Essays presents a representative selection of more than one hundred zuihitsu from a range of historical periods written by close to fifty authors--from well-known figures, such as Matsuo Basho, Natsume Soseki, and Koda Aya, to such writers as Tachibana Nankei and Dekune Tatsuro, whose works appear here for the first time in English.

contemporary Japanese theater work to a wider audience.” —David Jortner, Baylor University $75.00 / £52.00  cloth 978-0-231-12830-8 2014  880 pages

$40.00 / £27.50 paper 978-0-231-16771-0 $120.00 / £83.00 cloth 978-0-231-16770-3 2014 560 pages

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The Kojiki

The Sarashina Diary

An Account of Ancient Matters

A Woman's Life in Eleventh-Century Japan

O no Yasumaro

Sugawara no Takasue no Musume Translated, with an introduction, by Sonja Arntzen

Translated by Gustav Heldt

and Moriyuki Ito

“Heldt's new, complete, and contemporary translation brings vibrancy and clarity to this often politicized work of ancient Japan. The poetry is rendered exquisitely, the narratives unfold with clarity; the translation itself is at once impeccable and imaginative. A master work that will generate discussions far into the future. —James E. Ketelaar, University of Chicago

"This sparkling new version of The Sarashina Diary opens out an eleventh-century classic for twenty-first-century readers. Sonja Arntzen and Ito Moriyuki situate the diary culturally and historically, and their translation conveys both the vivid realism of Takasue no Musume's prose and the haunting melancholy of her poems." — David Damrosch, Harvard University

“A translation of the Kojiki that is accurate and faithful to the original and at the same time exciting to read. A key element of the Kojiki mythology is the power of naming, and Heldt's decision to translate the names of its various gods and royal figures has brought the narrative alive in a way that it has never been before in English." — Torquil Duthie, University of California, Los Angeles

$47.00 / £27.50 cloth 978-0-231-16718-5

$27.00 / £18.50 paper 978-0-231-16389-7

2014  264 pages / 20 illus.

$80.00 / £55.00 cloth 978-0-231-16388-0

Translations from Asian Classics

2014 312 pages


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This new translation captures the lyrical richness of the original text while revealing its subtle structure and ironic meaning. The introduction highlights the poetry in The Sarashina Diary and the juxtaposition of poetic passages and narrative prose, which brings meta-meanings into play. The translators' commentary offers insight into the author's family and world, as well as the fascinating textual legacy of her work.

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Manchu Princess, Japanese Spy

Grassroots Fascism

The Story of Kawashima Yoshiko, the Cross-Dressing Spy Who Commanded Her Own Army

The War Experience of the Japanese People

Phyllis Birnbaum

Yoshimi Yoshiaki Translated by Ethan Mark

“The translation of Yoshiaki Yoshimi's unprecedented Grassroots Fascism makes available

"Richly illustrated with rare photos, and enlivened by numerous interviews, Phyllis

his compelling narrative of popular partici-

Birnbaum's book is a balanced, well-written

pation in the actuality of Japanese fascism

biography of one of the most notorious fig-

before and during the Pacific War. Although

ures to emerge in the early twentieth-century

this classic work concentrates on how ordi-

contest for empire in northeast Asia. Anyone

nary people were enlisted into Japan's fascist

interested in the personal dimension of Sino-

project, it also shows in rich detail the role

Japanese relations during the period of their

they were willing to play as agents at the

most problematic intensity will find much

level of everyday life. Yoshimi's book joins a

profit in reading these stories of the life of

post-Cold War historiographical tradition that

Kawashima Yoshiko, many told through the

once more recognizes the necessity t0 take

memories of the men and women who loved

fascism seriously as a global conjunctural

her and hated her, often at the same time."


— Mark C. Elliott, Harvard University

— Harry Harootunian, Columbia University

$30.00   cloth 978-0231-15218-1

$45.00 / £30.95  cloth 978-0-231-16568-6

2015   272 pages / 22 illus.

2015   360 pages / 11 illus.

Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture

Weatherhead Books on Asia

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The Lyrical in Epic Time

Internet Literature in China Michel Hockx

The Lyrical in Epic Time Modern Chinese Intellectuals and artists Through the 1949 Crisis

David Der-wei wang

Internet Literature in China

The Lyrical in Epic Time

Michel Hockx

Modern Chinese Intellectuals and Artists Through the 1949 Crisis

“This book is the best introduction available in English to the psychic landscape of

David Der-wei Wang

contemporary Chinese netizens who know

“Wang moves with ease and flair from one

how to play with censors to articulate their

discipline to another as he delineates the

personal desires, fantasies, phobias and

complex dynamics of the evolving cultural


lyricism in mid-twentieth-century China. No

—Lydia H. Liu, author of The Freudian

other published book in the field can rival

Robot: Digital Media and the Future of the

this in breadth, depth, and goals.”


—Zong-Qi Cai, University of Illinois

Conducting the first comprehensive survey in English of this phenomenon, Michel Hockx describes in detail the types of Chinese literature taking shape right now online and their novel aesthetic, political, and ideological challenges. Offering a unique portal into postsocialist Chinese culture, he presents a complex portrait of internet culture and control in China that avoids one-dimensional representations of oppression. Hockx interviews online authors, publishers, and censors, capturing the convergence of mass media, creativity, censorship, and free speech that is upending traditional hierarchies and conventions

“By bringing energetic questioning and immense erudition to bear on lyricism, Wang succeeds in throwing a brilliant new light onto crucial aspects of modern Chinese experience in ways that demand a reconfiguration of our understanding.” —Susan Daruvala, Cambridge University $60.00 / £41.50  cloth 978-0-231-17046-8 2015 528 pages

within China—and across Asia. $40.00 / £27.50 cloth 978-0-231-16082-7 2015 256 pages / 29 illus. Global Chinese Culture


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The Orphan of Zhao Yuan P lays

Je ffr ey C. Kin kle y

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t r a n s l at e d & i n t r o d u c e d b y


stephen h. West Wilt l. idema





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Ch in a’ al N s ovel s

the earliest KnoWn Versions

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and Other

The Orphan of Zhao and Other Yuan Plays

Visions of Dystopia in China's New Historical Novels

The Earliest Known Versions

Jeffrey C. Kinkley

Edited by Stephen H. West and Wilt L. Idemas “The anthology, together with original introductory segments, opens a new window onto the urban milieu of the formative period of early Chinese theater. For anyone interested in not only in the literary, but in the performance aesthetics of traditional Chinese drama, this collection will be indispensable." —Patricia Sieber, The Ohio State University Crackling with raw emotion, violent imagery, and colorful language and wit, the zaju in this volume explore the consequences of loyalty and betrayal, ambition and enlightenment, and piety and drunkenness. The collection features seven of the twenty-six available untranslated zaju published in the fourteenth century, with a substantial introduction preceding each play and extensive annotations throughout. $65.00 / £45.00  cloth 978-0-231-16854-0

“Kinkley dives directly into the complex and sometimes murky intersection between history and literature in contemporary China. Along the way, we are introduced to the leading voices in Chinese literature today— including Mo Yan, Su Tong, Yu Hua and Wang Anyi— and offered nuanced readings of the dystopian undercurrent in their major works. For those interested in delving deeper into the most important Chinese novels of the past quarter century, this is where to start." —Michael Berry, author of History of Pain and Speaking in Images “A lucid, thought-provoking, and substantial study of several of China's most important creative writers; one that poses crucial questions about the links between fiction, history

2014 432 pages 

and politics in the contemporary People's

Translations from the Asian Classics

Republic.” —Julia Lovell, University of London $45.00 / £30.95  cloth 978-0-231-16768-0 2014 304 pages Asia Perspectives: History, Society, and Culture

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Media in China, China in the Media Processes, Strategies, Images, Identities Edited by Adina Zemanek Mass media plays a significant role in the production and reproduction of identities and lifestyles, values and world-views. It also convey information about the world we live in, as it reflects elements of the broader context within which it comes into being. This volume brings together eleven essays that offer a complex approach to both media in the PRC and the way China and the Chinese are presented in the media of other countries. Individual chapters discuss images constructed, persuasive techniques employed, political undertakings and official stances reflected, as well as popular feeling expressed in the Chinese official and popular press, information websites, Internet forums, mainstream Western press, Polish and Italian media, Zambian Internet forums, and Indonesian cinema.

Talk Radio, the Mainstream Press, and Public Opinion in Hong Kong Francis L. F. Lee

2014  208 pages

In the absence of a fully democratic system, phone-in programmes on public and commercial radio channels have played an influential role in channeling and mediating Hon Kong public opinion. Lee examines the phenomenon of talk radio in Hong Kong, arguing that the circulation and recirculation of talk radio content through the mainstream media is crucial in explaining the medium's social prominence and influence. The process has not only widened the dissemination of talk radio content, but has also established talk radio as a channel for free political expression, giving it a role in shaping serious debate not seen in many other societies. Drawing on interviews with radio personnel, analysis of radio and newspaper content, and audience surveys, Talk Radio explores the vital and influential world of Hong Kong's phone-in programmes.

jagiellonian university press

$32.00 / £22.00 paper 978-988-820-858-6

$42.00 / £29.00 paper 978-83-233-3621-1

$58.00 / £40.00 cloth 978-988-820-857-9 2014  288 pages / 9 illus. Hong Kong University Press


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chinese HISTORY & POLITICS Forthcoming June

Emperor Wu Zhao and Her Pantheon of Devis, Divinities, and Dynastic Mothers

Shanghai Homes

N. Harry Rothschild

“Shanghai Homes recounts the lives of three

Palimpsests of Private Life Jie Li

"By delving deeply into the religious underpin-

generations of residents in Shanghai’s alley-

nings of Wu Zetian's power in a way that not

way neighborhoods, once vibrant communi-

even the most dedicated approach to her uti-

ties that have all but disappeared since the

lization of Buddhist scriptures and doctrines

late 1990s. In her detailed and wonderfully

alone could manage, this investigation illumi-

written account, Li treats her subjects with

nates the unique quality of Wu Zetian's reign

a rare combination of personal engagement

far more effectively than previous studies....

and academic rigor. A remarkable work in

A solid piece of well-documented scholarship,

urban cultural studies."

vibrant and entertaining throughout."

—Hanchao Lu, author of Beyond the

— Victor H. Mair, University of Pennsylvania

Neon Lights

Wu Zhao (624-705), better known as Wu Zetian or Empress Wu, is the only woman to have ruled China over the course of its 5,000-year history. How did she rise to power, and why was she never overthrown? Exploring a mystery that has confounded scholars for centuries, this multifaceted history suggests that Wu Zhao drew on China's rich pantheon of female divinities and eminent women to aid in her reign.

“A real gem...Shanghai Homes is that unique

$40.00 / £27.50 cloth 978-0-231-16938-7 June 2015  384 pages / 18 illus. The Sheng Yen Series in Chinese Buddhist Studies

work that effortlessly moves between and cuts across several disciplinary areas: family history, Cultural Revolution politics, urban architecture, and above all personal and collective memory and its place in post-Socialsit and globalized China.” —Leo Ou-Fan Lee, author of Shanghai Modern $30.00 / £20.50  paper 978-0-231-16717-8 $90.00 / £62.00  cloth 978-0-231-16716-1 2014 304 pages / 49 figures Global Chinese Culture

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From Warhorses to Ploughshares

The Golden Ghetto

The Later Tang Reign of Emperor Mingzong

The American Commercial Community at Canton and the Shaping of American China Policy, 1784-1844

Richard L. Davis Mingzong (r. 926-933) was the most illustrious emperor of the Five Dynasties, and one of the most admired of China's middle period, the Tang to Song. Mingzong marshaled a cluster of eminently able courtiers, men who balanced Confucian charity against the military discipline demanded in a time of transition. He wisely eschewed military conflict, except as a last resort. Conservative in moral and legal matters, he introduced radical economic reforms that included deregulation of traditional monopolies and timely changes to the tributary system. Drawing extensively on primary sources, including Mingzong's spirited correspondence with his officials, this political and cultural biography brings to life a charismatic emperor who was held up as a model ruler by succeeding generations.

Jacques M. Downs With a new introduction by Frederic D. Grant, Jr. “The fullest exposition on the subject thus far and as the final word on extant, previously untapped, English-language sources." — The China Quarterly

$60.00 / £41.50 cloth 978-988-8208-10-4

Before the opening of the treaty ports in the 1840s, Canton was the only Chinese port where foreign merchants were allowed to trade. The Golden Ghetto takes us into the world of one of this city's most important foreign communities—the Americans— during the decades between the American Revolution of 1776 and the signing of the Sino-US Treaty of Wanghia in 1844. Jacques Downs devotes particular attention to the biographical details of the principal American traders, the leading American firms, and their operations in Canton and

2015  224 pages

the United States.

hong kong university press

$69.00 / £47.50 cloth 978-988-8139-09-5 2015  504 pages / 66 illus. hong kong university press


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chinese HISTORY & POLITICS new in paper China’s Uncertain Future Jean-Luc Domenach Translated by George Holoch Jr.

A Choice Outstanding Academic Title “Informed, accessible, engaging...Highly recommended.” — Choice $24.00 / £16.50  paper 978-0-231-15225-9 2014    208 pages cloth 978-0-231-15224-2

Breaking with the Past The Maritime Customs Service and the Global Origins of Modernity in China Hans van de Ven

China’s Search for Security Andrew J. Nathan and Andrew Scobell “[Nathan & Scobell] skillfully and fairly

“Far more than an institutional history of

explore this complex and contradictory

the Customs Service, this book is effectively

American-Chinese competition.”

a complete new history of China’s rocky

—New York Review of Books

entrance into the global political economy. There is no better book written at this level of historical research and archival detail on

$24.00 / £16.50 paper 978-0-231-14051-5 2014 432 pages cloth 978-0-231-14050-8

the subject of “China and the West.” — Timothy Brook, University of British

Pacific Crossing


California Gold, Chinese Migration, and the Making of Hong Kong

“This is the story of China’s economic internationalization in the century before

Elizabeth Sinn

the Communist conquest....The eminent

$34.00 / £23.50 paper 978-988-8139-72-9

Cambridge historian, Hans van de Ven, has

2014  472 pages / 23 illus.

written this history in full for the first time,

cloth 978-988-8139-71-2

using an extraordinary array of Chinese and

Hong Kong University Press

international sources. Today, as China looks to its pre-Communist past as a guide to its

Never Forget National Humiliation

future, this is an important book.” — William C. Kirby, Harvard University

Historical Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations

$50.00 / £34.50 cloth 978-0-231-13738-6

Zheng Wang

2014  432 pages / 34 illus.

$25.00 / £17.50 paper 978-0-231-14891-7 2014 312 pages / 23 illus. cloth 978-0-231-14890-0 Contemporary Asia in the World

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The Dalai Lama and the Emperor of China A Political History of the Tibetan Institution of Reincarnation

Love and Liberation Autobiographical Writings of the Tibetan Buddhist Visionary Sera Khandro Sarah H. Jacoby "Sarah H. Jacoby's study of gender and sexu-

Peter Schwieger “Peter Schwieger brings new precision to our understanding of Tibet's central political institution, that of the Dalai Lama, reaching beyond earlier scholarship thanks to his innovative and thorough use of archival sources that have only recently become

ality is pathbreaking in the field of Tibetan studies. Because the main research materials were authored by a noncelibate woman, this book gives rich insight into one woman's conception of the complex social, political, and even medical aspects of tantric consort practices. Jacoby grounds Buddhist theory in

available." — Matthew Kapstein, EPHE, Paris, and the University of Chicago

the lived experience of an actual practitioner and illuminates this topic based on her fieldwork in Tibet. "

A major new work in modern Tibetan history, this book follows the evolution of Tibetan Buddhism's trülku (reincarnation) tradition from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, along with the Emperor of China's efforts to control its development. By illuminating the political aspects of the trülku institution, Schwieger shapes a broader history of the relationship between the Dalai Lama and the Emperor of China, as well as a richer understanding of the Qing Dynasty as an inner Asian empire, the modern fate of the Mongol empire, and current Sino-Tibetan relations.

— Gray Tuttle, Columbia University $50.00 / £34.50 cloth 978-0-231-14768-2 2014 456 pages / 19 illus. South Asia Across the Disciplines

New in paper

The Culture of the Book in Tibet Kurtis R. Schaeffer "A brilliant study."—Journal of Asian Studies $26.00 / £18.000 paper 978-0231-14717-0 2014 264 pages cloth 978-0-231-14716-3

$50.00 / £34.50 cloth 978-0-231-16852-6 2015 352 pages / 18 illus.


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The Japan-South Korea Identity Clash

Intimate Rivals

East Asian Security and the United States

Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China

Brad Glosserman and Scott A. Snyder

Sheila A. Smith

"Glosserman and Snyder unbundle one

“This well-informed study explains, with

of the most consequential and seemingly

admirable clarity, the increasingly involved

illogical puzzles in contemporary East Asia.

and complex attitudes in Japanese domestic

Whether scholars and policymakers agree

politics regarding China... A fine-grained

with their call for a bold American move to


reset relations between these two critical

— Publishers Weekly

allies and democracies, one cannot ignore the authors' path-breaking analysis—or the strategic consequences they point to in the current impasse." —Michael J. Green, former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Asia, National Security Council Glosserman and Snyder isolate competing notions of national identity as the main obstacle to a productive partnership between Japan and South Korea. Through public opinion data, interviews, and years of observation, they show how fundamentally incompatible, rapidly changing conceptions of national identity in Japan and South Korea--and not struggles over power or structural issues—have complicated territorial claims and international policy.

No country feels China's rise more deeply than Japan. Through intricate case studies of visits by Japanese politicians to the Yasukuni Shrine, conflicts over the boundaries of economic zones in the East China Sea, concerns about food safety, and strategies of island defense, Sheila A. Smith explores the policy issues testing the Japanese government as it tries to navigate its relationship with an advancing China. ted territorial claims and international policy. $40.00 / £27.50 cloth 978-0-231-16788-8 2015 384 pages / 18 illus. A Council on Foreign Relations Book

$35.00 / £24.00 cloth 978-0-231-17170-0 May 2015 224 pages / 12 illus. Contemporary Asia in the World for more information , visit :



The Fall of Language in the Age of English

Dams and Development in China

Minae Mizumura

Bryan Tilt

The Moral Economy of Water and Power

Translated by Mari Yoshihara

“[Tilt's book] is a highly readable and wide-

and Juliet Winters Carpenter

ranging account of hydropower develop-

“Provocatively participates in debates on

ment in China, providing insights on topics

world literature, translation, reading, and

ranging from the relationship between state

writing, bringing an illuminating perspec-

capitalism and the building of dams, to new

tive to the translingual formation of national

data on the effects of resettlement on liveli-

languages and the now-endangered arch of

hoods, attitudes and social networks, and

modern literature.”

information on China's new dam construction

—Tomi Suzuki, Columbia University

overseas. Carefully avoiding black and white

Winner of the Kobayashi Hideo Award, The Fall of Language in the Age of English lays bare the struggle to retain the brilliance of one's own language in this period of Englishlanguage dominance. Born in Tokyo but also raised and educated in the United States, Minae Mizumura acknowledges the value of a universal language in the pursuit of knowledge, yet also embraces the different ways of understanding offered by multiple tongues. She warns against losing this precious diversity.

characterizations, Tilt instead explores water management as a struggle over competing values among groups and differential access to resources and power." —Emily Yeh, University of Colorado at Boulder $30.00 / £20.50 paper 978-0-231-17011-6 $90.00 / £62.00 cloth 978-0-231-17010-9 2014  280 pages / 8 illus. Contemporary Asia in the World

$35.00 / £24.00  cloth 978-0-231-16302-6 2015  256 pages


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Historical Atlas of Northeast Asia, 1590-2010

Memories of Mount Qilai The Education of a Young Poet Yang Mu Translated by John Balcom and Yingtsih Balcom

"A landmark in Taiwanese literature as well as in modern Chinese prose. Yang Mu has rein-

Korea, Manchuria, Mongolia, Eastern Siberia Li Narangoa and Robert Cribb "This superb atlas greatly enhances our

vented the genre of literary autobiography

knowledge of the region of Asia comprising

by welding together a paean to the beauty of

north China, Korea, Japan, Russia, Mongolia,

indigenous landscapes and peoples, a pen-

and Manchuria. The authors define the

etrating look at the social and political trans-

region ecologically instead of politically,

formations in postwar Taiwan, an honest and

focusing on the interaction of nomadic

moving bildungsroman, and, above all, a

conquerors with the expanding empires of

poetic language that is supple and sinewy at

Russia and China and the Korean state. They

the same time."

outline boundaries with vivid colors and

—Michelle Yeh, University of California, Davis

carefully locate major towns and geographic

These evocative and allusive autobiographical essays provide a personal response to history as Taiwan transitioned from a Japanese colony to the Republic of China. Yang Mu recounts his childhood experiences under the Japanese, life in the mountains in proximity to indigenous people as his family took refuge from the American bombings, his initial encounters and cultural conflicts with Nationalist soldiers recently arrived from mainland China, the subsequent activities of the Nationalist government to consolidate power, and the island's burgeoning new manufacturing society.

features, while also providing a concise integrated political narrative for each decade over nearly five hundred years....An essential resource for anyone researching or teaching about this critical region of Asia." —Peter C. Perdue, Yale University. $150.00 / £103.50 cloth 978-0-231-16070-4 2014 352 pages / 78 maps

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relating to the history of Taiwan literary criticism and many firsthand reflections on writing and the literary scene from leading writers, playwrights, and poets. Translating an impressive array of critical writings on literature into English for the first time, there is no other volume quite like this, certainly not in English, and perhaps not even in

rich source of moral exemplars to reveal behavioral norms for both genders. Kinney’s elegant and erudite translation brings to life the words and deeds of these remarkable women. A wonderfully inspiring read.” — Robin D. S. Yates, McGill University $35.00 / £24.00 paper 978-0-231-16309-5


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Trauma in Modern Chinese Literature and

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A Public Fantasy PR IYA JOSHI

A Public Fantasy

The Sensuous Cinema of Wong Kar-wai

Priya Joshi

Film Poetics and the Aesthetic of Disturbance

Bollywood's India

"Joshi’s work is a timely assessment of key films and periods in Bollywood’s history. Its

Gary Bettinson "Gary Bettinson offers a critical assessment not

wide ranging literary, theoretical, and socio-

only of the stylistic features of Wong Kar-wai's

cultural perspectives which cut across litera-

films but also of the scholarship that has devel-

ture, postcolonial studies, media and cultural

oped around them. Arguing against the facile

studies will surely be taken up by other

culturalism that tends to dominate such scholarship, this book does full justice to Wong's

scholars as well as general readers." —Rajinder Dudrah, University of Manchester Summoning the 1970s as an interpretive lens, Joshi deftly examines blockbusters from notably tumultuous moments when the idea of India was made, unmade, and remade. Joshi’s incorporates fresh explorations of iconic films such as Awara (1951) and Deewaar (1975), as well as those less analyzed, such as Ab Dilli Dur Nahin (1957) and A Wednesday (2008). $30.00 / £20.50 paper  978-0-231-16961-5

cinematic methods in a series of impressively well-informed and informative readings." — Rey Chow, Duke University The widely acclaimed films of Wong Kar-wai are characterized by their sumptuous yet complex visual and sonic style. This study of Wong's filmmaking techniques uses a poetics approach to examine how form, music, narration, characterization, genre and other artistic elements work together to produce certain effects on audiences.

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2015 216 pages  / 45 illus.

2015 176 page / 20 illus. Hong Kong University Press

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Transnational Representations

In Stereotype

The State of Taiwan Film in the 1960s and 1970s

South Asia in the Global Literary Imaginary

James Wicks

Mrinalini Chakravorty "The stereotype—that fixed and frozen form

"James Wicks' book offers a most nuanced, sensible, and timely account of the 1960--70s

of cultural unknowledge—is brought to

Taiwan films in terms of plot, theme, language,

animate life in this book. Rereading an indis-

and generic innovations. He zooms in on works

pensable archive of South Asian Anglophone

by such prominent directors as Li Xing, Bai

fiction through iconic stereotypes of the

Jingrui, Song Cunshou, and others, highlighting

postcolony and the postcolonial (hunger,

local, regional, and transnational flows, while

crowds, slums, migrant dislocation, global

not losing sight of the complexities in the

metropolis, civil war's deathscape, and ter-

island-state's identity and modernity formation

ror), Mrinalini Chakravorty brilliantly reveals


what lies within the stereotype." —Vilashini Cooppan, University of California, Santa Cruz, author of Worlds Within: National Narratives and Global

— Ping-hui Liao, University of California, San Diego Combining a concise overview of Taiwan film history with analysis of representative Taiwan films, the book reveals the internal and external struggles Taiwan experienced in its search for global identity. $64.00/ £44.00  cloth 978-988-820-850-0 2015 192 pages  / 17 illus. Hong Kong University Press

Connections in Postcolonial Writing In Stereotype considers the influential work of Salman Rushdie, Aravind Adiga, Michael Ondaatje, Monica Ali, Mohsin Hamid, and Chetan Bhagat, among others, to illustrate how stereotypes about South Asia provide insight into the material and psychic investments of contemporary imaginative texts: the colonial novel, the transnational film, and the international best-seller. $50.00 / £340.50 cloth 978-0-231-16596-9 2014 336 pages Literature Now


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Autobiography of an Archive

A Daughter's Memoir of Burma

A Scholar's Passage to India

Wendy Law-Yone

Nicholas B. Dirks

“An important testimony to the almost unbe-

“Using the conceit of an autobiography, this

lievable courage, determination and patience

book dazzles with luminous reflections on

of those who choose a hazardous path of

the archive of knowledge on India....Nicholas

political dissent in the face of state tyranny

Dirks offers original insights on the history

and oppression.”

and politics of scholarship, on Empire and its

—Times Literary Supplement

entailment in the production of knowledge,

Wendy Law-Yone was just fifteen when Burma's military staged a coup and overthrew the civilian government in 1962. The daughter of Ed Law-Yone, the daredevil founder and chief editor of The Nation, Burma's leading postwar English-language newspaper, she experienced firsthand the perils and promises of a newly independent Burma.

and the career of history and anthropology as disciplines. " —Gyan Prakash, author of Mumbai Fables "Nicholas Dirks’s account of the interconnections of anthropology and history and his commitment to the internationalization of liberal learning make his book a vital contribution to contemporary discussions of globalization and

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education." —Michael S. Roth, President, Wesleyan University

2014 328 pages

$30.00 / £20.50 paper 978-0-231-16967-7 2015 400 pages Cultures of History

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The Invention of Private Life

Paving the Great Way

Literature and Ideas

Vasubandhu's Unifying Buddhist Philosophy

Sudipta Kaviraj “Sudipta Kaviraj is one of the foremost scholars anywhere in the world working on South Asia. A master of the essay form, his writings on political theory and Indian politics show him to be a scholar of vast erudition, subtle analytical skill, and brilliant humor.” —Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University A longtime political analyst and thinker, Sudipta Kaviraj proves in this probing collection that he is also an acute writer on literature and politics. In these works, which lie at the intersection of the study of literature, social theory, and intellectual history, Kaviraj locates serious reflections on modernity’s complexities in the vibrant currents of modern Indian literature, particularly in the realms of fiction, poetry, and autobiography. $30.00 / £20.50  paper 978-0-231-17439-8 $90.00 / £62.00  cloth 978-0-231-17438-1 2015  376 pages

Jonathan C. Gold “Gold has done something extraordinary: he has pulled together the key philosophical strands running through Vasubandhu's works, thereby demonstrating far greater continuity than might have been suspected, and he has given us a much deeper and more compelling author as a result. This book will forever change the way we read Vasubandhu." — Mark Siderits, Seoul National University The Indian Buddhist philosopher Vasubandhu (fourth-fifth century C.E.) is known for his critical contribution to Buddhist Abhidharma thought, his turn to the Mahayana tradition, and his concise, influential Yogacara-Vijñanavada texts. Paving the Great Way reveals another dimension of his legacy: his integration of several seemingly incompatible intellectual and scriptural traditions, with far-ranging consequences for the development of Buddhist epistemology and the theorization of tantra. $55.00 / £38.00 cloth 978-0-231-16826-7 2014 336 pages


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The Pariah Problem

Wombs in Labor

Caste, Religion, and the Social in Modern India

Transnational Commercial Surrogacy in India

Rupa Viswanath

"Pande writes vividly, sensitively, and with

Amrita Pande

“Viswanath powerfully argues that there was

critical intelligence about an incredibly com-

a government–missionary nexus that sought

plex modern phenomenon. Her attentiveness

to turn the pariah from traditional forms of

to the diverse situations and personalities

slavery to modern forms of dispossessed

of surrogate mothers is her book's greatest

labor. Most remarkably, she shows that the

strength. A gripping read." —Ann Grodzins Gold, Syracuse University

initiative for conversion to Christianity came

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In the first detailed ethnography of India's surrogacy industry, Amrita Pande visits clinics and hostels and speaks with surrogates and their families, clients, doctors, brokers, and hostel matrons in order to shed light on this burgeoning business and the experiences of the laborers within it.

2014 416 pages

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Cultures of History

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not from missionaries but from Dalits who were motivated not by abstract ideas of emancipation but by strategic considerations of material advantage in their daily struggles.” — Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University

2014 272 pages South Asian Across the Disciplines w rit



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The Rhetorical Imagination of Hindi Dalit Literature

ta n c e

Writing Resistance The Rhetorical Imagination of Hindi Dalit Literature Laura R. Brueck “In a wide-ranging investigation of origins, motivations and genres, Laura Brueck addresses the fundamental questions of what makes this literature Dalit, and what makes it literary; her fine book offers a sympathetic and yet penetrating guide to a vivacious new canon of Hindi prose.”—Rupert Snell, University of Texas at Austin $30.00 / £20.50  paper 978-0-231-16605-8 $90.00 / £62.00  cloth 978-0-231-16604-1 2014  288 pages South Asian Across the Disciplines for more information , visit :



Marching Through Suffering

When the Future Disappears

Loss and Survival in North Korea

The Modernist Imagination in Late Colonial Korea

Sandra Fahy “Sandra Fahy's analysis of the North Korea famine draws extensively on her interviews with survivors, which give this narrative a unique depth and credibility....No book I have ever read conveys the mundane horror of a famine so vividly, while retaining academic rigour and advancing our understanding of this famine's complex causes and consequences." — Stephen Devereux, Institute of Development Studies, author of Theories of Famine Casting North Koreans as a diverse people with a vast capacity for adaptation rather than a monolithic entity passively enduring oppression, Marching Through Suffering positions personal history as a critical lens for interpreting political violence.

Janet Poole "Janet Poole shows how Korean poets, philosophers, and essayists in the colonial period struggled in their work with the notion of a disappearing future with no change in sight. Through the local Korean case she works through the broader question of the complex temporality of the late colonial period, and shows how culture bears the imprint of this sense of time in its very form." —Alan Tansman, University of California, Berkeley “An indispensable addition to existing studies on Japanese modernism, Japanese imperialism and its politics and culture, European modernism, and the growing body of scholarly works on colonial Korea.”

$40.00 / £27.50 cloth 978-0-231-17134-2

—Jin-Kyung Lee, University of California,

2015 272 pages

San Diego

Contemporary Asia in the World

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Contentious Activism and InterKorean Relations

Pavane for a Dead Princess A Novel Min-gyu Park

Danielle L. Chubb

Translated by Amber Hyun Jung Kim

"In this meticulously researched book, Danielle L. Chubb reveals that South Korean policies toward the North are about far more than strategic considerations. Reaching beyond prevailing state-centric foreign policy accounts, she convincingly argues that interKorean relations have been significantly shaped by the legacy that several decades of contentious political activism have left on South Korean society and politics." — Roland Bleiker, University of Queensland Danielle L. Chubb traces the development of various policy disputes and perspectives from the 1970s through South Korea's democratic transition. Focusing on four case studies— the 1980 Kwangju uprising, the June 1987 uprising, the move toward democracy in the 1990s, and the decade of "progressive" government that began with the election of Kim Dae Jung in 1997—she tracks activists' complex views on reunification along with the rise and fall of more radical voices encouraging the adoption of a North Koreanstyle form of socialism.

Park Min-gyu has been celebrated and condemned for his attacks upon what he perceives as the humorlessness of contemporary Korean literature. Pavane for a Dead Princess is his attack upon the beauty-fetish that reigns over popular culture, detailing the relationship between a man with matinee-idol good looks and "the ugliest woman of the century." To complicate matters further, Park also includes a so-called "writer's cut" of the same story, offering alternate versions of the facts, giving the reader the opportunity to imagine all the different ways this same novel might have been written. $15.95 / £10.95 paper 978-1-62897-066-1 2014 208 pages DALKEY ARCHIVE PRESS

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Not Like a Native Speaker

Chop Suey, USA

On Languaging as a Postcolonial Experience

The Story of Chinese Food in America

Rey Chow

“Chop Suey, USA is an utterly original and

Yong Chen

"Rey Chow's book Not Like a Native Speaker

significant contribution to the field, well-

is not only a brilliant and original reflection

organized and breathtakingly broad in its

on the fate of language in the afterlife of

geographic scope. Yong Chen has done a

colonialism, but also an authoritative state-

superb job ”

ment on postcolonial theory; moving beyond

—Hasia Diner, New York University

the confinement of the politics of identity, it provides a unique map for the postcolonial criticism of the future, one informed by rigor and unafraid of judgment."

“A thoroughly researched, highly readable account of the development of Chinese American food, this book fills important gaps in the literature of ethnic and food studies.”

—Simon Gikandi, Princeton University

—Jeffrey Pilcher, University of Toronto

“How does colonial power deploy language? —a central question in postcolonial studies— is infused with new life by Rey Chow in this dazzling book. Chow poses other searching questions concerning identity and estrange-

“A perceptive view of an America built on abundance and consumption.” —Kirkus $35.00 / £24.00  cloth 978-0-231-16892-2

ment, memory and oblivion, bilingualism and

2014  352 pages / 18 illus.

aphasia, and offers acute discussions of lan-

Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary

guage in Fanon, Benjamin, Derrida, Achebe,


and Ngugi." —Roland Greene, Stanford University $25.00  / £15.95  paper 978-0-231-15145-0 $75.00 / £52.00  cloth 978-0-231-15144-3 2014  192 pages


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The Cinema of Ang Lee

Embracing Differences

The Other Side of the Screen Second Edition

Transnational Cultural Flows Between Japan and the United States

Whitney Crothers Dilley

Iris-Aya Laemmerhirt

Through suggestive readings of gender and identity, Whitney Crothers Dilley explores the international appeal of an acclaimed contemporary director. Dilley has revised the book’s introduction to reflect Ang Lee’s new films and their global reception and adds to the text a consideration of new developments in Chinese film, recent critiques of Brokeback Mountain (2005), and chapters on Lust/Caution (2007), Taking Woodstock (2009), and Life of Pi (2012).

The omnipresence and popularity of American consumer products in Japan have triggered an avalanche of writing shedding light on different aspects of this crosscultural relationship. Cultural interactions are often accompanied by the term cultural imperialism, a concept that on close scrutiny turns out to be a hasty oversimplification given the contemporary cultural interaction between the U.S. and Japan. Embracing Differences shows that this assumption of a one-sided transfer is no longer valid. Closely investigating Disney theme parks, sushi, as well as movies, Iris-Aya Laemmerhirt reveals a dialogical exchange between these two nations that has changed the image of Japan in the United States.

$30.00  / £20.50  paper 978-0-231-16773-4 $90.00 / £62.00  cloth  978-0-231-16772-7 2015 272 pages Wallflower Press

$50.00 paper 978-3-8376-2600-1 2014    262 pages Transcript-Verlag

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Drawing New Color Lines

Religion, Tradition, and the Popular

Transnational Asian American Graphic Narratives Edited by Monica Chiu

Transcultural Views from Asia and Europe

"Foregrounding the shifting meanings of race

Edited by Judith Schlehe and Evamaria

within, across, and between various national


contexts, the fifteen essays in Chiu's collec-

This book provides unique case studies from Asia and Europe illustrating new religious practices, forms of articulation and mass mediatization, all of which render religious traditions significant for contemporary issues and concerns. Contributors examine experiences of spirituality in combination with commercialization and expressive performative practices as well as everyday politics of identity. The essays take into consideration what the transcultural negotiation of religion, tradition and the popular signifies in different places and social contexts. With contributions by Anthony Reid, Hubert Knoblauch, Ariel Heryanto, Stefanie von Schnurbein and others.

tion explore the visual dimensions of Asian American transnational literary culture with originality and offer particular insight into the complexities of production, interpretation, and reception for graphic narrative." — Pamela Thoma, author of Asian American Women's Popular Literature The global circulation of comics, manga, and other such visual mediums between North America and Asia produces transnational meanings no longer rooted in a separation between "Asian" and "American." Drawing New Color Lines explores the culture, production, and history of contemporary graphic narratives that depict Asian Americans and Asians. It examines how Japanese manga and Asian popular culture have influenced Asian American comics; how these comics and Asian American graphic narratives depict the "look" of race; and how these various representations are interpreted in nations not of their production.

$50.00 cloth 978-3-8376-2613-1 2014 286 pages / 8 illus. Transcript-Verlag

$69.00 / £47.50 cloth 978-988-8139-385 2015 368 pages / 42 illus. h0ng kong university press


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BUDDHISM Forthcoming June

Realizing Awakened Consciousness

Being Human in a Buddhist World

Interviews with Buddhist Teachers and a New Perspective on the Mind

An Intellectual History of Medicine in Early Modern Tibet

Richard P. Boyle

Janet Gyatso

“When meditators have an 'awakening,' what

"[This] will be the key book on medicine and

is it really like? Richard P. Boyle interviewed

religion in Tibet for this generation. Like

eleven Western Buddhist teachers to find out,

Gyatso's book on autobiography, her new

and we get to read their accounts in their

book on medicine will simply be field defining."

own words. Then, drawing on these inter-

—Kurtis R. Schaeffer, The University of

views and on scientific research, Boyle offers


an innovative view of how awakening happens and how it can transform each of us." —Paula England, New York University If, as Buddhism claims, the potential for awakening exists in all human beings, we should be able to map the phenomenon with the same science we apply to other forms of consciousness. A student of cognitive social science and a Zen practitioner for more than forty years, Richard P. Boyle brings his sophisticated perspective to bear on the development of a theoretical model for both ordinary and awakened consciousness.

Critically exploring medical thought in a cultural milieu with no discernible influence from the European Enlightenment, Being Human reveals an otherwise unnoticed intersection of early modern sensibilities and religious values in traditional Tibetan medicine. It further studies the adaptation of Buddhist concepts and values to medical concerns and suggests important dimensions of Buddhism's role in the development of Asian and global civilization $45.00 / £30.95 cloth 978-0-231-16496-2 2015 544 pages / 51 illus

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Living Karma

Spells, Images, and Mandalas

The Religious Practices of Ouyi Zhixu Beverley Foulks McGuire

Tracing the Evolution of Esoteric Buddhist Rituals

“An ingeniously conceived and deeply

Koichi Shinohara

researched study of one of the four great

“Spells, Images, and Mandalas is the first

Buddhist masters of the late Ming dynasty.

study of early Buddhist Tantra to make full use

The book reveals Ouyi Zhixu to be a far more

of a vast trove of Chinese sources that pre-

interesting and intellectually complex person

date, often by many centuries, extant Sanskrit

than we knew. By giving primacy to the theme

and Tibetan materials. Through exacting

of karma, McGuire finds a unity to Ouyi’s

detective work, Koichi Shinohara reconstructs

conduct and textual practice that has gone

the evolution of Buddhist Tantra from its

unremarked until now."

origins in simple incantation rituals to more

— Timothy Brook, University of British Columbia

elaborate forms of image worship and finally

Ouyi Zhixu (1599–1655) was an eminent Chinese Buddhist monk who, contrary to his contemporaries, believed karma could be changed. Through vows, divination, repentance rituals, and ascetic acts such as burning and blood writing, he sought to alter what others understood as inevitable and inescapable. Drawing attention to Ouyi’s unique reshaping of religious practice, Living Karma reasserts the significance of an overlooked individual in the modern development of

The result is a groundbreaking account of the

to full-blown mandala and visualization rites. development of Buddhist ritual traditions." —Robert Sharf, University of California, Berkeley $50.00 / £34.50 cloth 978-0-231-16614-0 2014 352 pages / 10 illus. The Sheng Yen Series in Chinese Buddhist Studies

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spells manifested across a wide range of written, verbal, and material forms and compels us to reevaluate their fundamental importance in Buddhist practices." — Wu Hung, University of Chicago Focusing on two major Buddhist spells, or dharani, and their embodiment of the incantatory logics of adornment and unction, Paul Copp makes breakthrough claims about the significance of Buddhist incantation practice not only in medieval China but also in Central Asia and India. Copp's work vividly captures the diversity of Buddhist practice among medieval monks, ritual healers, and other individuals lost to history, offering a corrective to accounts that have overemphasized elite, canonical materials.

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