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Books for Review

The following books have been received for review. Members of the Society for the Study of Early China who hold or have held academic positions in the field and advanced Ph.D. students in the field who would like to review one of these titles for Early China should email Anne Behnke Kinney, Book Review Editor, at She will then contact you to let you know if we are able to assign the book to you. Reviews fall into three categories: article-length reviews, reviews that range from three to six pages (900-1800 words), and brief notices (300-500 words).  Early China does not accept unsolicited reviews.


Books Received 6/2018-6/2020

Allard, Francis., Sun, Yan., and Linduff, Katheryn, eds. Memory and Agency in Ancient China: Shaping the Life History of Objects. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Bell, Daniel and Wang Pei. Just Hierarchy: Why Social Hierarchies Matter in China and the Rest of the World. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020.

Børdahl, Vibeke, Ge, Liangyan, trans. and eds. Han Xin's Challenge:  A Tale of the Founding of the Western Han. Copenhagen: NIAS Press, 2019.

Chen Li. Han Dynasty (206BC–AD220) Stone Carved Tombs in Central and Eastern China. Oxford: Archaeopress, 2018.

Chiang, Howard, ed. Sexuality in China: Histories of Power and Pleasure. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2018.

Habberstad, Luke.  Forming the Early Chinese Court: Rituals, Spaces. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2017.

Harrington, L. Michael, ed., trans., The Yi River Commentary on the Book of Changes. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019.

Harris, Eirik Lang. The Shenzi Fragments: A Philosophical Analysis and Translation. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016.

Hunter, Michael and Kern, Martin, eds. Confucius and the Analects Revisited: New Perspectives on Composition, Dating, and Authorship. Leiden: Brill, 2018

Klein Esther Sunkyung. Reading Sima Qian from Han to Song: The Father of History in Pre-Modern China. Leiden: Brill, 2018.

Leung, Vincent S. The Politics of the Past in Early China. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019.

Marsili, Filippo. Heaven is Empty: A Cross-Cultural Approach to “Religion” and Empire in Ancient China. Albany: State University Press of New York, 2018.

Nylan, Michael. The Chinese Pleasure Book. Brooklyn: Zone Books, 2018.

Pang-White, Ann A. The Confucian Four Books for Women: A New Translation of the Nü Sishu and the Commentary of Wang Xiang. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018.

Sena, Yunchiahn C. Bronze and Stone: The Cult of Antiquity in Song Dynasty China. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2019.

Shi, Jie. Modeling Peace: Royal Tombs and Political ideology in Early China. New York: Columbia University Press, 2020.

Van Ess, Paul. The Wenzi: Creativity and Intertextuality in Early Chinese Philosophy. Leiden: Brill, 2018.

Zhao, Lu. In Pursuit of the Great peace: Han Dynasty Classicism and the Making of Early Medieval Literati Culture. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2019.

Ziporyn, Brook. Zhuangzi: The Complete Writings. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2020.

July 2017-June 2018 Books Received

Les Dynasties Qin et Han: Histoire générale de la Chine (221 av. J.-C.-220 apr. J.-C.) by Bujard, Marianne and Pirazzoli-t'Serstevens, Michèle (Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 2017)

Zhuangzi’s Critique of the Confucians: Blinded by the Human by Chong, Kim-chong (Albany: t University of New York Press, 2016)

Stalk Divination: A Newly Discovered Alternative to the I Ching edited and translated by Cook, Constance and Zhao, Lu (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017)

Ancient China: A History by John S. Major and Constance A. Cook (New York: Routledge, 2017)

Confucius Beyond the Analects by Hunter, Michael. (Leiden: Brill, 2017)

The Book of Lord Shang: Apologetics of State Power in Early China, translated by Pines, Yuri (New York: Columbia University Press, 2017)

Age of Empires: Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties edited by Zhixin Jason Sun (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2017)

The Rhetoric of Hiddenness in Traditional Chinese Culture, edited by Varsano, Paula (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2016)

Material Culture, Power, and Identity in Ancient China by Xiaolong Wu (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017)