Written at imperial command : panegyric poetry in early medieval China /
Fusheng Wu.
Albany : State University of New York Press, c2008.
ix, 289 p. ; 24 cm.
0791473694 (alk. paper), 9780791473696 (alk. paper)
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Albany : State University of New York Press, c2008.
0791473694 (alk. paper)
9780791473696 (alk. paper)
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Quoted poems in Chinese and English.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 273-282) and index.
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Also author of The Poetics of Decadence: Chinese Poetry of the Southern Dynasties and Late Tang Periods (CH, Nov'98, 36-1417), Wu (Univ. of Utah) here offers the first book-length study of yingzhao shi--i.e., verse written for and presented to emperors. Chinese panegyric poetry has not received much serious attention from critics because in large part it falls outside the traditional Chinese canonical idea that poetry should reflect "personal, spontaneous expression." Wu argues convincingly that authors of panegyrics were more concerned with the internal literary value of their verse than they were given credit for and that the praising/advising function often associated with yingzhao shi (when viewed from this internal perspective) "becomes secondary." The author also rightfully contends that yingzhao shi deserves serious attention because it uncovers a great deal about relationships at court and, more specifically, about the sociopolitical conditions against which these poems were composed. Wu writes well, and his scholarship is discerning, meticulous, and revealing. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. J. M. Hargett SUNY at Albany
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"This is the first book-length study of panegyric poetry - yingzhao shi or poetry presented to imperial rulers - in the Chinese tradition. Examining poems written during the Wei-Jin Nanbeichao, or early medieval period (220-619), Fusheng Wu provides an exploration of the sociopolitical background against which these poems were written and a close analysis of the formal conventions of the poems." "By reconstructing the human drama behind the composition of these poems, Wu shows that writing under imperial command could be a matter of grave consequence. The poets' work could determine the rise and fall of careers, or even cost lives. While panegyric poetry has been largely dismissed as perfunctory and insincere, such poems reveal much about the relations between monarchs and the intellectuals they patronized and also compel us to reexamine the canonical Chinese notion of poetic production as personal, spontaneous expression."--BOOK JACKET.
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This is a study of panegyric poetry - yingzhao shi, or poetry presented to individual rulers - in the Chinese tradition. Examining poems presented during the Wei-Jin Nanbeichao, or early medieval period (220-619), the author explores the sociopolitical background against which they were written.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Han Epideictic Rhapsody: The Prototype of Panegyric Poetryp. 13
Self-Foregrounding in the Panegyric Poetry of the Jian'an Erap. 23
Archaic Elegance in the Panegyric Poetry of the Jin Dynastyp. 49
Addressing the Best and Worst of Rulers: Panegyric Poetry of the Liu Song Dynastyp. 75
Praising Rulers throughout Calm and Conspiracy: The Southern Qi Dynastyp. 103
The Flourishing of Panegyric Poetry during the Liang Dynastyp. 123
Poetry's Embarrassment: Panegyric Poetry of the Chen Dynastyp. 147
Becoming Chinese: Panegyric Poetry during the Northern Dynastiesp. 165
Matching Poems with a Cruel but Talented Ruler: The Sui Dynastyp. 185
Conclusionp. 211
Notesp. 215
Bibliographyp. 273
Indexp. 283
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