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A Significant Season: Cai Yong (ca. 133-192) and His Contemporaries (review)

A Significant Season: Cai Yong (ca. 133-192) and His Contemporaries (review) Reviews Mark Laurent Asselin. A Signic fi ant Season: Cai Yong (ca. 133–192) and His Contemporaries. American Oriental Series, vol. 92. New Haven, CT: American Oriental Society, 2010. xi, 483 pp. Hardcover $68.00, isbn 978-0-940490-27-7. A Signic fi ant Season is a stylish and erudite volume of literary appraisal and translation in the distinguished tradition of its author’s mentors David Knechtges and Paul Kroll. The central thesis of this book is that the years between the notorious Han dynasty palace coup of 159 c.e. and the death of the warlord Dong Zhuo 董桌 in 192— which happens to coincide with the death of this book’s protagonist, Cai Yong 蔡邕, a notable late Han dynasty cultural figure— form “a distinct epoch” (p. 2), marked by both an incipient awareness of the end of an era and the first stirrings of a new beginning. Asselin invokes the Greek word kairos (an opportune moment)— especially as wielded by Frank Kermode in his 1967 book e S Th ense of an Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction — to present Cai Yong’s textual legacies as a particular form of “kairotic literature” (p. 3), reflecting Cai’s vision of his society’s fate as viewed through the lenses http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

A Significant Season: Cai Yong (ca. 133-192) and His Contemporaries (review)

China Review International , Volume 17 (2) – Mar 1, 2012

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Reviews Mark Laurent Asselin. A Signic fi ant Season: Cai Yong (ca. 133–192) and His Contemporaries. American Oriental Series, vol. 92. New Haven, CT: American Oriental Society, 2010. xi, 483 pp. Hardcover $68.00, isbn 978-0-940490-27-7. A Signic fi ant Season is a stylish and erudite volume of literary appraisal and translation in the distinguished tradition of its author’s mentors David Knechtges and Paul Kroll. The central thesis of this book is that the years between the notorious Han dynasty palace coup of 159 c.e. and the death of the warlord Dong Zhuo 董桌 in 192— which happens to coincide with the death of this book’s protagonist, Cai Yong 蔡邕, a notable late Han dynasty cultural figure— form “a distinct epoch” (p. 2), marked by both an incipient awareness of the end of an era and the first stirrings of a new beginning. Asselin invokes the Greek word kairos (an opportune moment)— especially as wielded by Frank Kermode in his 1967 book e S Th ense of an Ending: Studies in the Theory of Fiction — to present Cai Yong’s textual legacies as a particular form of “kairotic literature” (p. 3), reflecting Cai’s vision of his society’s fate as viewed through the lenses

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China Review InternationalUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Mar 1, 2012

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