Wisdom of Analects
Siyuan Wu Fei Shen
Design Media Publishing Ltd
OverviewThe Analects is a collection of sayings and ideas of Confucius, a great thinker and educator in ancient China and the founder of Confucianism and his disciples. It's the most important classics for the Confucian school. Written by Confucius' disciples and his disciples of disciples at the Warring States Period (476 BC – 221 BC), the book covers the views of Confucius and the Confucian school on politics, ethics, morality and education. Confucius is the kernel of the Analects. Confucius was at the 1st place of UNESCO's list of world's top ten cultural celebrities. Most of the Analects records the ideas of Confucius and his behaviour, manners and personality. The book also displays distinct personalities of some of Confucius' disciples, straight forward and rash Zilu, mild and studious Yan Hui, smart and eloquent Zigong, unrestrained and unconventional Zeng Xi, all leaving a deep impression on readers. Analects cover politics, education, philosophy, literature and other aspects. It is divided generally into two parts: self- cultivation and the practice of government. It also provides first-hand information for the study of Confucius and Confucianism. Thanks to the extensive influence of Confucius and Confucian ideas with the Analects as their core on the Korean Peninsula, Japan and Southeast Asia, the Confucian cultural circle was formed with China as its centre. The 100 sentences (chapters) in the book are the most quintessential of the Analects. They are accurately interpreted and painstakingly translated and matched with beautiful illustrations. It has proved itself to be a book of top quality for readers to understand Chinese Confucian culture.
Author BioSiyuan Wu, Ph.D., completed his doctoral degree at Arizona State University and currently serves as an assistant professor of East Asian Studies and Chinese literature at Western Washington University. His research interests include, but not limited to the following areas: Dramatic and performing literature of the late imperial period; vernacular short stories of the Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing; book history and print culture of the Ming and Qing; Chinese woodblock illustration, textual and visual culture in late imperial China. He translated a number of books relevant to Chinese classics, including Xunzi (Selections), Higher Education and The Universal Order (Selections), Book of Rituals (Selections), etc. He is not working on a project about Ku Hung-ming(1856-1927)'s intellectual contribution to Chinese academia.
Ms. SHEN Fei graduated from the Graduate School of Translation and Interpretation of Beijing Foreign Studies University with her M.A. degree in foreign linguistics& applied linguistics. She obtained her professional title of Professor of Translation in 2016.
Ms. SHEN has translated seven books, which have been published by Guangxi Normal University Press. They are Teves Speaks II, Translation of Selected Sayings from the Analects, Standards for Being a Good Student and Child, Familial Precepts of Master Zhu, Three Character Classic, The Art of War and Selections from the Classic of Poetry.
Ms. SHEN is a supervisor of postgraduates pursuing the degree of Master of Translation and Interpretation (MTI) of Hainan University, Guangxi University, Guangxi Normal University, Guangxi University for Nationalities and Guilin University of Electronic Technology.