The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons (Chinese: 文心雕龍; pinyin: Wén Xīn Diāo Lóng) is China's first work of aesthetics and also the first systematic work of literary criticism from that country. Dating from the 5th century, its author, Liu Xie, composed the work in fifty chapters (篇) according to the principles of numerology and divination found in the Book of Changes or I Ching.
- Liu, Xie The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons. Shih, Vincent Yu-chung trans., Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 1983.
- Liu, Xie. Dragon-Carving and the Literary Mind. Translated into English by Yang Guobin. Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, 2003.
- A Chinese literary mind: culture, creativity and rhetoric in Wenxin Diaolong, 2001 (Zong-qi Cai, ed.).
- Wen Xin Diao Long - Full text (traditional/UTF-8) from Project Gutenberg
- 《文心雕龍》. - Chinese text in GB/Simplified characters from the website "Sinology," (國學).
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