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History and Epics in China and in the West

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Abstract

My study cannot give more than some comments on a very extensive theme that requires a number of studies which have not even been precisely formulatied, as yet. I should like to show that the specific thought pattern, the specific perception of reality, intrinsic to a specific cultural category — that which is the predominant one in the given cultural complex — influences all other categories and determines their nature. I want to illustrate my thesis on the relationship between literature and history. With some exaggeration I would formulate my thesis as follows: as literature is, so is history; the same perception of reality is in the background of both and determines their form. I will limit myself to this theme and I will not deal with the causes determining the differences of pattern in various fields of a certain culture; I will not attempt to solve the philosophical and socialogical problems, neither will I seek for further connections in the total cultural complex, with which I illustrate my thesis, that is the chinese cultural complex, although I fully realize its extreme importance for our problem.

Keywords

Historical Fact Chinese Lyric Historical Work Chinese Literature Chinese History 
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