2013-2014 School of Chinese Research Student Seminar
An Analysis of Xu Hao’s Commentary on Shuowen jiezi zhu
陳嫣雪 Miss Chan In Suet
Date and Time: May 12, 2014 (Monday); 5:30-6:45pm
Venue: Room 730 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus
Shuowen jiezi zhujian (Commentary on Shuowen jiezi zhu) was written by Xu Hao (1809-1879), a Qing Dynasty scholar, to supplement and revise on theShuowen jiezi zhu (Annotation on Shuowen jiezi) compiled by Duan Yucai. Although Duan’s Annotation was authoritative in the interpretation of Xu Shen’sShuowen jiezi, the annotation is too voluminous that there are sometimes inevitable omissions, lack of textual evidence and excess of subjectivity. After a thorough examination, Xu Hao revised and supplemented Duan’s Annotation, and established his own school of thought. As Xu Hao’s Shuowen jiezi zhujian was published quite late in time, little attention was paid to it in the Qing Dynasty. Only in recent years has Xu Hao’s work begun to gain respect among different schools studying Shuowen jiezi. By taking two characters from Shuowen jiezi zhujian as examples, and supporting with evidence from unearthed ancient text materials including oracle and bronze inscriptions as well as the Warring States scripts, this talk aims to investigate the merits and demerits of the supplementary parts in Xu Hao’s Shuowen jiezi zhujian.
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