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Topic: Research Seminar: "The Conflicting and Conflated Narratives of Shun and Noah"
Posted - 19/05/2010 : 14:48:39
Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics
The Conflicting and Conflated Narratives of Shun and Noah
Professor William H. Nienhauser
Chair Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Literature
University of Wisconsin
Date: 24 May 2010, Monday
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 pm
Venue: G7619 (Lift 3, Level 7, Green Zone), Academic Building, CityU
Two of the world’s great narrative works are without doubt the Bible and Sima Qian’s Shiji. Despite the disparity of their cultural backgrounds, these two books share much in common including rather complex histories of transmission. This paper will probe the “story of Shun” in Sima Qian’s “Wudi benji” 五帝本紀 (Annals of the Five Emperors) and compare textual problems found there to those of the “Flood Narrative” in Genesis.
William H. Nienhauser, Jr. is Halls-Bascom Chair Professor of Chinese literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin. He published a number of books and articles including the Indiana Companion to Traditional Chinese Literature (2 volumes), the Grand Scribe’s Records (6 volumes), and Tang Tales: A Guided Reader. Nienhauser was founding editor of Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews (CLEAR 1979-2009) and has taught in China, Germany, Taiwan, and the U.S. and received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, Fulbright-Hayes, Japan Foundation, Kyoto University School of Letters, National Science Council (Taiwan), German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The Humboldt Foundation also awarded him their Forschungspreis (Research Prize) for lifetime achievement in 2003.