MY JOURNEY THROUGH SIXTY YEARS OF INTERNATIONAL LITERARY SINOLOGY (1953 – 2012)
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Research into the Chinese Humanities in our global age and their development is not possible without looking back and without a broad Sino-Western dialogue and mutual cooperation. In his 80th year the writer of this essay looks back at his life-long experience and brings forward his and his colleagues results of study and common endeavours from China and the West from October 1953 up to our times in different spheres of scholarly research. The different aspects of modern Chinese literature, creative, critical and comparative, intellectual history mostly of Sino-Western orientation, the development of Sinology in his student years in Prague and Peking (1953 – 1960), the best years of the Prague School of Sinology and the beginning of the study of modern Chinese literature in the West (1961 – 1968), Western and European Studies in modern Chinese literature in the years of the so-called Cultural Revolution and its aftermath (1969 – 1979), Western and European studies in the 1980 and the new beginning in China, the end of the 20th century and the beginning the 21st century. This essay also comprises other realms of study such as traditional literature, and researches into the comparative history as well as biblical studies in relation to China.
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