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The Crafting of the 10,000 ThingsKnowledge and Technology in Seventeenth-Century China$
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Dagmar Schafer

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226735849

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226735856.001.0001

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Epilogue The Aftermath

Epilogue The Aftermath

(p.241) Epilogue The Aftermath
The Crafting of the 10,000 Things
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This chapter explores the reception of Song Yingxing's work by his peers and the role of literary and intellectual sponsorship. It also addresses the role of Ming loyalty and the growing scholarly resistance toward Qing rulership. Literary sponsorship impacted the reputation of an author and his work and its circulation and dissemination. Tu Shaokui and Chen Hongxu supported Song and his work for most of his life. Tu's support was initially for a traditional scholarly work on a conventional academic subject. On the other hand, Chen supported Song intellectually rather than financially. Works of Heaven appeared to have submerged into the grey shadows of Chinese seventeenth- and eighteenth-century book culture. This book also represented an irritation in Song's refusal to sustain the world of delusions and depravity in which he lived, a world “made by man.” Song's writings showed some traits of a distinctive history of knowledge transmission.

Keywords:   Song Yingxing, literary sponsorship, intellectual sponsorship, Ming loyalty, Qing rulership, Tu Shaokui, Chen Hongxu, Works of Heaven, knowledge

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