Twentieth-century China posed another kind of challenge to the book. Critics could be so fierce and unrelenting that it looked as if the Analects was going to lose all its relevance. Still, it survived not only the political revolutions but also wars waged by scholars and writers of all varieties and from nearly every discipline. Just how was this possible? And what does the life of the Analects look like now in China? Who has control over that life, and how much of it is left to those who want to read it for itself and for self-discovery? The paper explores these questions with knowledge gathered from recently published books and articles, and conversations with scholars and students and people I happened to meet.
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