Chinese 310 Traditional Chinese Literature Survey
Response Questions for Meeting Two. Fall, 2003 Name: Zhong Xin
I. To the question: "Why do people read literature? many of you put the key words "education and "entertainment. According to the Great Preface to Odes, literature is hardly for fun and not just about knowledge. What function does literature play in a society from the Confucian point of view?
Confucius has a simple moral and political teaching, which is to love others ; to honor one's parents ; to do what is right instead of what is of advantage ; to practice ˜reciprocity,' i.e. ˜ don't do to others what you would not want yourself' ; to rule by moral example instead of by force and violence ; and so on.
Chinese Literature reflects morals, politics, and traditional religions. In addition, literature presents the most ancient literary culture of China. Chinese literature had such a long-lived tradition which played a significent role in the society.
In recent times, of course, Chinese literature looks not only to its own past but also to the global co