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Wu Wenying and the art of Southern Song ci poetry [electronic resource] /
Grace S. Fong.
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1987.
xiv, 193 p. ; 23 cm.
0691067031 (alk. paper) :
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Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1987.
0691067031 (alk. paper) :
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general note
Includes index.
Poems also in Chinese.
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Bibliography: p. 181-188.
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Appeared in Choice on 1988-02:
On the whole, this book may be viewed as an introduction to the ci poetry genre in the late 12th and 13th centuries and as an introduction to, and study of, one of its major poets, Wu Wenying, (c. 1200-c. 1260). Chapter 1 is a fairly thorough biographical account of Wu Wenying, Chapter 2 deals with the art of Southern Song ci, and Chapter 3 is a study of Wu's major themes with detailed explications of a few of his poems. Chapter 4 is a brief outline of the major critics' views on the poetry of Wu Wenying, plus the author's one-paragraph summary of the contribution of her book. When poems are used to illustrate specific points, they are presented in English translation followed by the original in Chinese characters. The translations are faithful and serve as good denotative interpretations but are somewhat lacking in poetic inspiration. Fong (Smith College) introduces Southern Song ci and Wu Wenying to the English reader. For a concise introduction to the poet, the reader may refer to the entry ``Wu Wen-ying'' in The Indiana Companion to Traditional Chinese Literature, ed. by W.H. Nienhauser Jr. et al. (CH, Jul '86). The book is well annotated and equipped with a bilingual glossary, a comprehensive bibliography, and an index. Recommended to scholars interested in the fields of classical Chinese poetry and Chinese literature.-Y.L. Walls, University of British Columbia
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