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Languages, scripts, and Chinese texts in East Asia$
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Peter Francis Kornicki

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198797821

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198797821.001.0001

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Primers, Medical Texts, and Other Works

Primers, Medical Texts, and Other Works

(p.272) 10 Primers, Medical Texts, and Other Works
Languages, scripts, and Chinese texts in East Asia

Peter Francis Kornicki

Oxford University Press

This chapter follows on from Chapters 8 and 9, which were devoted to Buddhist and Confucian texts, and applies a similar analysis to a variety of other texts with a focus on those that were subjected to a process of vernacularization. The first genre discussed is that of primers, which initially existed solely to teach the young the elements of Sinitic. Second, medical texts are examined in some depth, for the botanic and linguistic diversity of East Asia necessitated the production of glossaries giving the local names for plants appearing in Chinese pharmacopoeia and later the development of local pharmacopoeia based on locally available plants. Third, conduct books for women are taken up, for the different expectations of women in East Asian societies made Chinese imports unsuitable. Subsequently, a Tang-dynasty manual of statecraft, a manual of forensic medicine, Chinese vernacular fiction, and books about the West are discussed.

Keywords:   primers, medical texts, materia medica, conduct books for women, forensic medicine, Zhenguan zhengyao, Chinese vernacular fiction, Haiguo Tuzhi

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