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Funding Scheme : Early Career Scheme
Project Number : 28601717
Project Title(English) : 史實與想像之間:《穆天子傳》與中國早期小說的興起 Between Historicity and Imagination: Mutienzi Zhuan (The Travels of King Mu) and the Rise of Early Chinese Fictions  
Project Title(Chinese) : 史實與想像之間:《穆天子傳》與中國早期小說的興起  
Principal Investigator(English) : Dr Lei, Chin-Hau 
Principal Investigator(Chinese) : 雷晉豪 
Department : Department of Literature and Cultural Studies
Institution : The Education University of Hong Kong
Co - Investigator(s) :
Panel : Humanities, Social Sciences
Subject Area : Humanities and Arts
Exercise Year : 2017 / 18
Fund Approved : 178,000
Project Status : On-going
Completion Date : 30-4-2022
Abstract as per original application
(English/Chinese):
  關於中國小說的起源,過去多以魏、晉為伊始,至唐代發展成熟。近年來出土文獻研究提供了戰國、秦漢時期,早期小說的材料。但是有關中國早期小說的起源、文體特徵以及社會意義,由於史料不足,學界尚乏共識。本研究認為,《穆天子傳》恰可以彌補這一個缺環。   作為中國史上最早出土並完整流傳至今的出土文獻,《穆天子傳》的研究涉及文獻學、古文字學、文學史與歷史地理學等多個學科,具有深遠意義。基於本人過去在西周史的研究基礎,本研究欲對《穆天子傳》作一次通盤研究。首先,從古文字學與版本學的角度,重新檢閱其文本與文字隸定的正確性。其次,以年代明確的金文為時間標尺,分析《穆天子傳》包含的多時代成份。在這些基礎之上,本研究進一步從文學史的視角,探討《穆天子傳》的文獻性質。本研究希望超越真、偽二分的傳統框架,改由史實與想像互動的文學創作過程,解釋《穆天子傳》包含真實與想像成份的原因,進而探討戰國時期史學傳統蛻變出小說的背景與歷程,以及早期小說的作者、讀者、傳佈以及閱讀方式等議題。最後,本研究將以《穆天子傳》保存的地理訊息,探討戰國時期魏國的地理知識及其西北地理想像,為早期小說真偽雜糅的文本特質提供又一例證。   本研究涉及《穆天子傳》的文本基礎以及歷史意義,期許其對文獻、歷史、地理與文學史,均作出貢獻。
The prevalent theory traces the origins of Chinese fiction to the Wei and Jin Dynasties and considers the Tang Dynasty the time when they emerged fully fledged. With the advancement of archaeological works in China, this theory is gradually being challenged by excavated works of fiction dated to the Warring States and the Qin and Han periods. However, questions such as what are the stylistic features of early Chinese fiction and how did the fiction genre developed from that of historical writing remain to be answered. The purpose of this project is to focus on Mutienzi zhuan (The Travels of King Mu) to answer the above questions. As the earliest excavated text that survives into the modern age in Chinese history, our research on Mutienzi zhuan involves multiple aspects. We will start with a textual study of the text from a paleographical perspective, then move on to date its contents by comparing the text against documented bronze sources. The third step is to analyze the stylistic features of Mutienzi zhuan by comparing it with selected early fiction from other cultures, such as The Golden Ass, One Thousand and One Nights, and Mesopotamian mythologies, and to investigate the authorship, readership, transmission, and consumption of early Chinese fiction from a social perspective. The last step is to distinguish between the real and imagined geography in the text and reconstruct the transportation geography of King Mu’s travels using a historical geographical approach. It is hoped that this comprehensive research on Mutienzi zhuan will contribute to the study of Chinese paleography, history, geography and literature.
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  SCREEN ID: SCRRM00542