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Author Williams, Nicholas Morrow.

Title Southern Identity and Southern Estrangement in Medieval Chinese Poetry
Published Hong Kong University Press, HKU
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Contents Intro -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Contributors -- 1. Southland as Symbol -- 2. Southern Metal and Feather Fan: The "Southern Consciousness" of Lu Ji -- 3. Fan Writing: Lu Ji, Lu Yun and the Cultural Transactions between North and South -- 4. Plaint, Lyricism, and the South -- 5. Farther South: Jiang Yan in Darkest Fujian -- 6. The Pity of Spring: A Southern Topos Reimagined by Wang Bo and Li Bai -- 7. The Stele and the Drunkard: Two Poetic Allusions from Xiangyang -- 8. Jiangnan from the Ninth Century On: The Routinization of Desire -- Works Cited -- Index
Summary From ancient times, China's remote and exotic South-a shifting and expanding region beyond the Yangtze River-has been an enduring theme in Chinese literature. For poets and scholar-officials in medieval China, the South was a barbaric frontier region of alienation and disease. But it was also a place of richness and fascination, and for some a site of cultural triumph over exile. The eight essays in this collection explore how tensions between pride in southern culture and anxiety over the alien qualities of the southern frontier were behind many of the distinctive features of medieval Chinese literature. They examine how prominent writers from this period depicted themselves and the South in poetic form through attitudes that included patriotic attachment and bitter exile. By the Tang dynasty, poetic symbols and clich├ęs about the exotic South had become well established, though many writers were still able to use these in innovative ways. Southern Identity and Southern Estrangement in Medieval Chinese Poetry is the first work in English to examine the cultural south in classical Chinese poetry. The book incorporates original research on key poets, such as Lu Ji, Jiang Yan, Wang Bo, and Li Bai. It also offers a broad survey of cultural and historical trends during the medieval period, as depicted in poetry. The book will be of interest to students of Chinese literature and cultural history
Subject Chinese poetry -- Qing dynasty, 1644-1912 -- History and criticism.
Form Electronic book
Author Wang, Ping, 1973-
ISBN 9789888139262
9789888313006 (online)
9888139266
9888313002