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posted itemPosted - 28/10/2005 :  09:48:39
Dr. Liu Feng-hsi

City University of Hong Kong Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics Research Seminar

The Complexity of the Literal Presented by Professor ZHANG Longxi

Date: 21st November 2005 (Monday) Time: 4:30 - 5:30pm Venue: B7603(Lift3, 7/F Blue Zone),Academic Building,CityU of Hong Kong


Christian allegorization of the Bible, there is a tradition in biblical exegesis from Augustine to Thomas Aquinas and then Martin Luther that holds that any interpretation must be based on the literal sense of the Scripture. Zhu Xi in Sung dynasty China was doing something similar in his effort to save the texts of Confucian classics and their meaning from heavily allegorical interpretations of the Han commentators. Umberto Eco's concept of the "intention of the text" (intentio operis) is a modern variation of the same idea, and we should re-emphasize the idea of the integrity of the text and the linguistic basis of all interpretations.

About the Speaker

Zhang Longxi has an MA from Peking University and Ph. D. from Harvard. He has taught at Peking, Harvard and the University of California, Riverside, and is currently Chair Professor of Comparative Literature and Translation and Director of the Centre for Cross-Cultural Studies at City University of Hong Kong. He has published numerous articles in Chinese and English and is the author of several books. His major book publications include The Tao and the Logos (Duke UP, 1992), Mighty Opposites (Stanford UP, 1998), Out of the Cultural Ghetto (The Commercial Press [Hong Kong], 2000; 2nd new edition: Sanlian shudian [Beijing], 2004), and most recently Allegoresis: Reading Canonical Literatuer East and West (Cornell UP, 2005).

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