Chinese and Japanese Studies

Anne Birrell

in A Century of British Medieval Studies

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263952
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734083 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

Chinese and Japanese Studies

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This chapter examines British work on Chinese and Japanese studies. It explains that for a significant part of the twentieth century British sinologists have been trendsetters worldwide in the field of medieval studies. Most of the British research focused on Tun-huang studies, the Taoist canon, Buddhist temple art, Chinese landscape painting, Sung porcelain and Chinese poetry. This chapter also stresses the need to examine the concepts of gender and egalitarianism with the framework of current trends in medieval sinology.

Keywords: Chinese studies; Japanese studies; British sinologists; medieval studies; Tun-huang studies; Taoist canon; Buddhist temple art; Chinese landscape painting; Sung porcelain; Chinese poetry

Chapter.  15793 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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