Anthony C. Yu

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Anthony C. Yu (October 6, 1938May 12, 2015) was a scholar of literature and religion, eastern and western, best known for his four-volume translation of Journey to the West.


  • At a time when officials of particular nations on earth are vying to vaunt the ability of their leadership or the merit of incomparable power even in the looming shadow of catastrophic conflict, the wisdom of the DDJ seems ever more compelling and urgent.
    • Comparative Journeys: Essays on Literature and Religion East and West (New York: Columbia University Press, 2009), 'Reading the Daodejing', p. 277

Rereading the Stone (1997)[edit]

Rereading the Stone: Desire and the Making of Fiction in Dream of the Red Chamber (Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1997), ISBN 978-0691015613
  • For my students at the University of Chicago and in memoriam the Dead at Tiananmen Square June 4, 1989
  • [Cao Xueqin] has succeeded in turning the concept of world and life as dream into a subtle but powerful theory of fiction that he uses constantly to confound his reader's sense of reality.
    • Ch. III, p. 141

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