NATIONAL CHENG KUNG UNIVERSITY, TAINAN, TAIWAN
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Volume 7 Issue 4 - January 16, 2009
Commentary
Yi-Lin Shih
“Chronology of Classical Literature in Taiwan‧Ming and Ching Dynasties”: Its Origin and Content
Article Digest
Tsung-Hsueh Lu
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Lien-Wen Chen
The Dispersion Characteristics of Sonic Crystals Consisting of Elliptic Cylinders
Andy Y.-G. Fuh
Electrically switchable and optically rewritable reflective Fresnel zone plate in dye-doped cholesteric liquid crystals
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Editorial Group
“Chronology of Classical Literature in Taiwan‧Ming and Ching Dynasties”: Its Origin and Content
Yi-Lin Shih

Professor of Department of Chinese Literature, College of Liberal Arts, National Cheng Kung University
shyyilin@gmail.com

After the middle of the 90s, “Taiwan Literature” was regarded as an independent subject and instructed formally in universities. When I taught “history of Classical Literature in Taiwan” in 2002, I recognized the insufficient interpretation on history of Classical Literature in Taiwan in the past. If we could observe the literary works and activities in the specific time and space in Taiwan and compare them with the critical literatures, politics and social events in Ching Dynasty (in Japan after 1895) around the world, we would have been able to probe into the development of Classical Literature in Taiwan more objectively and completely and realize the relation between Taiwan Literature and the environment. Thus, upon the discussion in class, I edited “the draft of Chronology of Classical Literature in Taiwan” with the students and published the unfinished draft on my personal websites. Through internet, some people started using the data by “anonymous”. I worried that the students’ devoted work would be in vain. However, we could not carelessly publish the work since there must have been some errors; it was also unfortunate to seal the work. Finally, we came up with the solution.

In 2005, our school was devoted to the promotion of “Top 100 University Advancement Project” and I began cooperating with Professor Liao, Mei-Yu in Department of Chinese Literature. Professor Liao was the expert of Tang poetry. In recent years, her researches were turned to Ming and Ching Dynasties when was the important stage of Chinese Classical Literature in Taiwan. Our studies could match at this aspect and thus, the project “interpretation and diverse views of Classical Poetry in Taiwan” was proposed. The participants of this project included the teachers and students of Departments of Chinese Literature and Taiwanese Literature of NCKU as well as the people of literature and education circles around NCKU. With regular discussion, lecture and forum, the participants’ reading and research abilities on Classical Poetry in Taiwan were enhanced, which further constructed the research team of Classical Poetry in Taiwan. Upon these conditions, Professor Liao and I started examining the unfinished “Chronology of Classical Literature in Taiwan” and with more people’s reading and discussion, modification and editing, the Literature Chronology would thus function as the criterion in academia. 

In May 2007, we began establishing the study group and there were 27 participants, including five groups. Each group was in charge of the data of 50 years. We optimistically expected that we would finish the work by the end of December in 2007. However, the whole process was much more complicated and difficult than our expectation. The establishment of styles, data reading, selection and positioning were time consuming. Although it was based on the original result, in fact, the work was considerably modified and supplemented. The first stage was accomplished by the end of August in 2007; we then encountered the longest and difficult stage. First of all, four core participants had overall examination on each filed and attempted to avoid the inconsistency in style, content and notes. Subsequently, Professor Liao and I proofread the work for two times and the repetitive proofreading and modification were very time-consuming. We were still not confident at the end and invited Shen Pao-shun, the Chinese character expert in Department of Chinese Literature and Shen, Tsui-ping, who have worked in Department of Chinese Literature for years to be our “first readers” before the publication. With careful proofreading, they found several problems on the chronology and we modified it immediately. We thus finally felt more comfortable.

From the first draft in 2002, modification in 2007 to the publication of “Chronology of Classical Literature in Taiwan‧Ming and Ching Dynasties” by Lijen Publisher at the end of November in 2008, the work was eventually accomplished. This book with 800 pages was the first reference book on Classical Literature in Taiwan. The fields “writer events”, “literary and education events”, “significant events in Taiwan”, “significant events in Ching Dynasty” and “significant events in the world” could demonstrate the development of Classical Literature in Taiwan in over 240 years from Ming to Ching Dynasties. At the back of the book, there were bibliography, writer and place name indices which were practical for the users. The development of Classical Literature in Taiwan should not be left alone and it should be placed in the history and compared with the significant events at the time to reveal the meaning and value of the literati, works and literary activities in specific time and space. This reference book is the powerful evidence with its concrete example.
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