A Discussion of Liu Chenweng’s Commentaries on the Classic of Mountains and Seas
Keywords:《山海經》, 劉辰翁, 評點, 閻光表, 吴任臣
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in Chinese; abstract also in English.
Liu Chenweng's (1232-1297) commentaries on the Classic of Mountains and Seas have remained unheeded in the field. This is mainly because Liu's book was printed in a small number and not circulated widely. Until now, the wood-cut edition by Yan Guangbiao of the Ming dynasty is the only extant version. Two copies are held respectively by two libraries in Liaoning and Hubei provinces.
Liu's commentaries on the Classic of Mountains and Seas are written in a unique style. In addition to studying geographic references and special names and products，Liu wrote this book to express his feelings since he lived in reclusion at home during the transition between the Song and Yuan dynasties. Therefore，this paper puts an emphasis on appreciation of Liu's views of mythological literature in Classic of Mountains and Seas and discusses the quotations from Liu's book in Wu Renchen's (1628-1689) Shanhai jing guangzhu (Extensive commentaries on the Classic of Mountains and Seas) , aiming to comprehensively study the geographic references, reminiscence, and appreciate literature in Liu's commentaries on the Classic of Mountains and Seas.
The achievements of Liu's commentaries on the Classic of Mountains and Seas have not drawn due attention but should be as high as his achievements in his commentaries on poetry, Shiji and Hanshu, and novels. These achievements continue Guo Pu's (276-324) study on the Classic of Mountains and Seas and inspire relevant scholarship to come.
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