Wandering Spirits: Chen Shiyuan’s Encyclopedia of Dreams


ISBN: 9780520252943


Shiyuan, Chen; Strassberg, Richard E. (Translator). Berkeley, CA: University of California Press (2008). First Edition Thus. Gray cloth with silver lettering to spine. xv, 289 pp. Index. A clean, attractive copy. “Wandering Spirits is a translation and study of the most comprehensive work on dream culture in traditional China — Lofty Principles of Dream Interpretation (Mengzhan yizhi), compiled in 1562 by Chen Shiyuan and periodically reprinted up to the modern era. The best introduction to the diversity of ideas held by the educated class about dreams, this unique treatise compiles various theories, Chen’s own comments concerning the nature of dreams and their role in waking life, and almost seven hundred examples assembled from a wide range of literary sources.” Book: Fine. Dust Jacket: Fine.