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A Century of British Medieval Studies$
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Alan Deyermond

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263952

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263952.001.0001

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Chinese and Japanese Studies

Chinese and Japanese Studies

(p.301) Chinese and Japanese Studies
A Century of British Medieval Studies

Anne Birrell

British Academy

This chapter examines British work on Chinese and Japanese studies. It explains that for a significant part of the twentieth century British sinologists have been trendsetters worldwide in the field of medieval studies. Most of the British research focused on Tun-huang studies, the Taoist canon, Buddhist temple art, Chinese landscape painting, Sung porcelain and Chinese poetry. This chapter also stresses the need to examine the concepts of gender and egalitarianism with the framework of current trends in medieval sinology.

Keywords:   Chinese studies, Japanese studies, British sinologists, medieval studies, Tun-huang studies, Taoist canon, Buddhist temple art, Chinese landscape painting, Sung porcelain, Chinese poetry

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