D. (Daniel) Stumm

Position:
  • PhD student
Expertise:
  • Chinese studies


Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 1645
E-Mail: d.stumm@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS China
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Matthias de Vrieshof 1
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 2.03c
Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 1645
E-Mail: d.stumm@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SAS China
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Matthias de Vrieshof 1
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 2.03c


PhD research

Textual Manipulation of the Classics in Late Imperial China

Supervisors: Prof. dr. Hilde De Weerdt en Dr. Paul van Els

Chinese engagement with ancient texts in the 18th century took place between two poles: On the one hand, evidential scholarship (kaozheng xue 考證學) demanded textual evidence for any claim. On the other hand, ideological purism was a major concern for literati. This study analyses how both tendencies shaped the study of inauthentic texts. The identification of forgeries often relied on criteria that were subject to manipulation by the researcher, like the quality of the moral message or whether the text was in accord with accepted teachings. Philological findings in support of such claims were mustered only afterwards. Furthermore, if a text was seen as only partially inauthentic, the attempt was made to return it to its original state. This process entailed filtering the true from the false, the criteria for which also reflected ideological concerns.

By analyzing the approaches Qing scholars employed when determining the authenticity of ancient texts, the complex interplay between guiding beliefs and scholarship can be scrutinized. Our understanding of Qing dynasty Confucianism can be refined by taking this into account.

Education

BA (2012) and MA (2014) in Chinese Studies, Heidelberg University, Germany.

Conference presentations

“The untrue tradition? Manipulation of authorship and views on forgeries in the Qing dynasty: A case study of Zhang Xuecheng.” VI Simposio International de Jóvenes Investigadores en Traducción, Interpretación, Estudios Interculturales y Estudios de Asia Oriental, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, July 3rd, 2015. Award for the best presentation in the field of East Asian Studies.

Last Modified: 06-11-2015