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Han Yü


(second name T’iu-chih; also known as Ch’ang-li). Born A.D. 768; died 824. Chinese philosopher, writer, and public figure.

Han Yü was one of the founders of the “movement for the return to antiquity” in literature, a movement regarded by some researchers as the beginning of the renaissance in Chinese literature. Han Yü occupied various high positions, and he was often in disfavor because of his inflexible judgments. He spoke out against Buddhism and Taoism and condemned superstition. He demanded that the monasteries be destroyed and their holdings expropriated; he advocated the burning of anti-Confucian books and proposed the “great unification” of society on the basis of the old Confucian ideals. He introduced the “ancient style”—a style oriented toward early models of philosophical prose that were simpler in language and freer in form than the prevalent “parallel prose.” Han Yü wrote On the Way, On Human Nature, On Calumny, On Man, and On Spirits; his writings include reports (such as On Buddha’s Bone), essays, biographies, and philosophical lyrics.


Han Ch’ang-lichi. Shanghai, 1958.
Han Yü’s poetische Werke. Cambridge, 1952.
In Russian translation:
In Antologiia kitaiskoi poezii, vol. 2. Moscow, 1957. (Selected poems.)
In Kitaiskaia klassicheskaia proza. Moscow, 1959. (Selected poems. Translated by V. M. Alekseev.)


Gusarov, V. F. “O stilisticheskom modelirovanii prozy Khan’ Iuia.” In Zhanry i stili literatur Kitaia i Korei. Moscow, 1969.
Gusarov, V. F. “Politiko-filosofskie vozzreniia Khan’ Iuia.” Vestnik LGU, 1970, no. 14.
Konrad, N. I. “Khan’ Iui i nachalo kitaiskogo Renessansa.” In his Zapad i Vostok. Moscow, 1972.
Zhelokhovtsev, A. N. “Literaturnye vzgliady Khan’ Iuia i Liu Tszun-Iuania.” In the collection Istoriko-filologicheskie issledovaniia. Moscow, 1974.


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By the Northern Song [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (960-1127) dynasty, Han Yu [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (768- 824) had become a "Confucian cultural hero" whose literary corpus and posthumous prestige influenced all those interested in the relationship between literature and the transmission of the moral Way.
I will first review and analyze the rhetoric of Han Yu in his defense of Confucianism and then identify similar rhetorical features from an examination of Mao Zedong's writings in defense of communism.
Owen studied at the Department of East Asian Languages and Literature of Yale University and obtained his PhD with a dissertation entitled Poetries by Meng Jiao and Han Yu in 1972.
Writers such as Liu Zongyuan and Han Yu were deeply involved in an intellectual and Confucian movement "to return to antiquity" through the affirmation of moral convictions of the writer and society.
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Compared with the two, Confucianism seems most unrelenting, fighting vigorously to regain its regnant position, as shown saliently in the works of Han Yu (768-824) and Ouyang Xiu (1007-72).
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Instead of persistent ideas and eternal concepts, Pines is actually explaining the survival of a vocabulary that was shared by intellectual elites across the millennia who retroactively reconstructed it to suit their own historical circumstances: Warring States rhetoricians like Mengzi and Xunzi, Tang aristocratic scholars like Han Yu (768-824), Song Neo-Confucianists like Zhu Xi (1130-1200), and Ming scholar-officials like Hai Rui (1515-87).
The book also includes three important works written by Tang dynasty Confucian Han Yu and Xuecheng's responses to Han's earlier writings.
In the classification of Liu Tsung-yuan's intellectual circles into nonintellectuals and intellectuals, Han Yu is surprisingly considered a nonintellectual while Liu Tsung-yuan and several others in the intellectual group are put together simultaneously with the nonintellectuals.
A few major figures, such as Han Yu, Su Shi, Li Zhi, Feng Menglong, Li Yu, and Lu Xun, along with major works such as Shuihu zhuan, Jin ping mei, Rulin waishi, and Jinghua yuan, or genres such as linked verse (lianju) and casual notes (biji), receive only passing mention in this volume, but this may be because these topics have received extended treatment elsewhere.
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