• The Date, Authorship, and Literary Structure of the Great Peace Scripture Digest

    Author(s):
    Grégoire Espesset (see profile)
    Date:
    2013
    Subject(s):
    China, Middle Ages, Chinese--Religion, Chinese classics, Criticism, Textual, Literature, History, Taoism
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    corpus/canon, taoism, concordance, Early medieval China, Chinese religions, Classical Chinese literature, Textual criticism, Literary history, Daoism
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/sfat-vw32
    Abstract:
    This paper is the first full analysis and reassessment of the Great Peace Scripture Digest (Taiping jing chao 太平經鈔), which has been and is still widely confused with the Great Peace Scripture (Taiping jing 太平經) proper that follows it in the mid-15th century Taoist Canon. It reviews the textual morphology of its various editions, discusses current hypotheses concerning its date and authorship, and investigates its literary structure and form, pointing to clusters of prosodic patterns. Shedding light on coexisting strata of diachronic origin, it shows that the received text should not be considered the product of an inconstant compiler, but rather the conflation of distinct shortened renditions of the Great Peace Scripture perhaps dating to the Tang and pre- or early Song eras. A full linear analysis of the text, including a concordance, completes the study.
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