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Wandering at Ease in the Zhuangzi (review)

Wandering at Ease in the Zhuangzi (review) Reviews 57 reviews Roger T. Ames, editor. Wandering at Ease in the Zhuangzi. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1998. viii, 239 pp. Hardcover $73.50, ISBN 0­ 7914­3921­6. Paperback $24.95, ISBN 0­7914­3922­4. In the last two decades, Western scholarship on the Zhuangzi has exploded. Remotely, this boom in Zhuangzi studies can be traced to the early, unabridged English translations by James Legge (1815­1897) in The Sacred Texts of Taoism1 and Herbert Allen Giles (1845­1935) in Chuang tzu: Mystic, Moralist, and Social Reformer (1889).2 More recently, the translations of Burton Watson (1925­ ) in Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings (1964) and The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu (1968)3 have contributed significantly to the popularity of Zhuangzi studies among undergraduates and graduates alike. Most recently, however, the boom has been fueled by successive rounds of more linguistically and philosophically attuned translation-studies of the Zhuangzi. In this regard, Angus C. Graham's Chuangtzu: The Seven Inner Chapters and Other Writings from the Book Chuang-tzu (1981)4 has undoubtedly been the pivotal work, prompting any number of subsequent studies with its sophisticated linguistic, historical, and intensely philosophical examinations of various layers of the text, in both translation and the analytic engagement of it. Several http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

Wandering at Ease in the Zhuangzi (review)

China Review International , Volume 8 (1) – Mar 1, 2001

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Reviews 57 reviews Roger T. Ames, editor. Wandering at Ease in the Zhuangzi. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1998. viii, 239 pp. Hardcover $73.50, ISBN 0­ 7914­3921­6. Paperback $24.95, ISBN 0­7914­3922­4. In the last two decades, Western scholarship on the Zhuangzi has exploded. Remotely, this boom in Zhuangzi studies can be traced to the early, unabridged English translations by James Legge (1815­1897) in The Sacred Texts of Taoism1 and Herbert Allen Giles (1845­1935) in Chuang tzu: Mystic, Moralist, and Social Reformer (1889).2 More recently, the translations of Burton Watson (1925­ ) in Chuang Tzu: Basic Writings (1964) and The Complete Works of Chuang Tzu (1968)3 have contributed significantly to the popularity of Zhuangzi studies among undergraduates and graduates alike. Most recently, however, the boom has been fueled by successive rounds of more linguistically and philosophically attuned translation-studies of the Zhuangzi. In this regard, Angus C. Graham's Chuangtzu: The Seven Inner Chapters and Other Writings from the Book Chuang-tzu (1981)4 has undoubtedly been the pivotal work, prompting any number of subsequent studies with its sophisticated linguistic, historical, and intensely philosophical examinations of various layers of the text, in both translation and the analytic engagement of it. Several

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