Sima Qian Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism)


Cartier, Michel. “Historical Myths or Mythical History?” Comparative Civilizations Review, no. 20 (spring 1989): 59-69.

Contrasts the evolution of historical writing as seen in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean chronicles.

Dawson, Raymond. Introduction to Historical Records, by Sima Qian. Translated by Raymond Dawson, pp. i-xxv. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.

Outlines Qian's accomplishments and notes that he was not an historian in the modern sense of the term but rather “a preserver of tradition about great men.”

Durrant, Stephen. “Ssu-ma Ch'ien's Conception of Tso...

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