Reviews Ho Che Wah . (The new evidence pointing to the date of the Wenzi). Hong Kong: CHANT, Institute of Chinese Studies, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2004. xii, 207 pp. Paperback U.S. 2.00, isbn 9626330287. The Wenzi (Master Wen) purports to be the creation of a disciple of Laozi, the alleged founder of Daoism. Since the Tang dynasty, scholars have noted elements in the text that could not have been written at the time when Laozi and Wenzi were supposed to have lived. Hence, they have rejected the traditional account of its creation and branded the text a forgery. The Wenzi was thenceforth transmitted at the periphery of the Chinese politico-philosophical discourse, appreciated by no more than a handful of scholars who still believed in its authenticity. The discovery of a fragmentary bamboo Wenzi manuscript in a Han dynasty tomb near Dingzhou (Hebei Province) in 973 refueled interest in the Wenzi, leading to a deluge of publications, mainly in Chinese. The work under review is the latest book-length publication in Wenzi studies and a controversial yet important contribution to the field. Ho Che Wah, the author of this new book, is a professor of Chinese language and
China Review International – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Dec 6, 2005
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