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The Writing of Weddings in Middle-Period China. Text and Ritual Practice in the Eighth through Fourteenth Centuries

The Writing of Weddings in Middle-Period China. Text and Ritual Practice in the Eighth through... 390 Book Reviews / T’oung Pao 94 (2008) 360-421 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/008254308X385941 Th e Writing of Weddings in Middle-Period China. Text and Ritual Practice in the Eighth through Fourteenth Centuries . By Christian De Pee, SUNY Series in Chi- nese Philosophy and Culture. Albany, State University of New York Press, 2007. xiv + 365 pp. 9 Fig., 2 Tables, Glossary, Notes, Bibliography, Index. ISBN 978- 0-7914-7073-2 (hb) Th e theme of this book is the writing and practice of weddings. As a most impor- tant social custom, wedding has long been a popular topic in the study of Chi- nese society by historians, sociologists, and anthropologists, as partly refl ected in the secondary sources listed here. So, does de Pee’s book increase our knowledge of the subject, or, on the contrary, does it run the risk of twisting our understand- ing of the historical sources? Th e problems with this book are obvious: it tends to mix up the unusual and usual, overstate the exceptions, take trifl es as signifi cant facts, analyze historical sources out of context, suggest wrong analogies as a result of loose defi nitions or negligence with historical backgrounds, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png T'oung Pao Brill

The Writing of Weddings in Middle-Period China. Text and Ritual Practice in the Eighth through Fourteenth Centuries

T'oung Pao , Volume 94 (4): 390 – Jan 1, 2008

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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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390 Book Reviews / T’oung Pao 94 (2008) 360-421 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/008254308X385941 Th e Writing of Weddings in Middle-Period China. Text and Ritual Practice in the Eighth through Fourteenth Centuries . By Christian De Pee, SUNY Series in Chi- nese Philosophy and Culture. Albany, State University of New York Press, 2007. xiv + 365 pp. 9 Fig., 2 Tables, Glossary, Notes, Bibliography, Index. ISBN 978- 0-7914-7073-2 (hb) Th e theme of this book is the writing and practice of weddings. As a most impor- tant social custom, wedding has long been a popular topic in the study of Chi- nese society by historians, sociologists, and anthropologists, as partly refl ected in the secondary sources listed here. So, does de Pee’s book increase our knowledge of the subject, or, on the contrary, does it run the risk of twisting our understand- ing of the historical sources? Th e problems with this book are obvious: it tends to mix up the unusual and usual, overstate the exceptions, take trifl es as signifi cant facts, analyze historical sources out of context, suggest wrong analogies as a result of loose defi nitions or negligence with historical backgrounds,

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Published: Jan 1, 2008

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