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The age of courtly writing : Wen xuan compiler Xiao Tong (501-531) and his circle /
by Ping Wang.
Leiden ; Boston : Brill, c2012.
x, 309 p. ; 25 cm.
9789004225220 (hardback : alk. paper)
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Leiden ; Boston : Brill, c2012.
9789004225220 (hardback : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [283]- 296) and index.
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Reference & Research Book News, October 2012
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Description for Reader
All those interested in Classical Chinese poetry, Six Dynasties history, Southern Dynasties court culture and literary history, as well as students and scholars of Chinese literature.
Long Description
Scholarship on Xiao Tong in both China and the West has paid little attention to his own writings beyond the influential anthology compiled by the Liang Crown Prince. Adopting a philological approach, this book thorougly examines a multitude of texts written by Xiao Tong and his entourage, many of whom were powerful writers in their own right. In addition to drawing a picture of important aspects of Liang court culture such as education, literary composition, personal relations, and ideological and religious trends, this study also redresses a long-standing bias against court poetry. It will enhance our understanding not only of the early sixth-century but also, indirectly, of a significant portion of pre-modern Chinese literature in general.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Born and Bred to be a Rulerp. 13
What Is in a Name?p. 13
Establishment of the Eastern Palacep. 13
Writing Profundity and Subtlety: Speaking of the Big and the Smallp. 18
Speeches on the Big and Small at the Chu Courtp. 20
A Third Century Interest in Playfulness: Fu Xian's "Xiaoyan Fu"p. 26
Dayan/Xiaoyan Poems By Xiao Tong and Othersp. 27
The Big and The Small: Lesson of Rulershipp. 31
Companions of Crown Princep. 35
Virtuous Words and Pure Dust: Friendship with the Crown Princep. 38
Portraying Crown Princep. 44
Gentlemanly Style: Xiao Tong's Literary Inclinationp. 51
The Great Anthologyp. 51
Xiao Tong as the Compiler and his Preface to Wen Xuanp. 52
An Age of Literary Proliferationp. 57
Trimming Weeds and Bramblesp. 61
Setting Norms: The Case of Pei Ziyep. 64
The Ambiguity and Potentiality of Qingp. 70
Gentlemanly Writingp. 77
Poetry as Experimentationp. 78
A Taste of the "Frivolous"p. 84
Brotherly Love Through Courtly Writingp. 87
Writing for the Crown Prince: Worthy with Wordsp. 105
Liu Family of Pengchengp. 105
Demanding Promotion: Liu Xiaochuo's Exchange Poems with Ren Fangp. 107
Attending to the Emperor with Poemsp. 117
Worthy with Wordsp. 121
Literary Camaraderie and Competition: A Historical Reviewp. 124
Remembering the North, a Repository of the Pastp. 132
Finding Comfort in a Versified Presentp. 135
Poems on the Third Day Festival: Celebrating the Curving Waters in a Water Landp. 141
Same River, Different Viewp. 146
The Tone of "Gentleness and Ease"p. 162
A Long Exchange of Commiserationp. 166
Xiao Tong's Encounters with Buddhismp. 181
Hosting Lectures on Buddhism in the Hanging Gardenp. 184
Notes between Emperor Wu and Xiao Tong on Buddhist Lecturesp. 193
Exchanges between Monk Fayun and Xiao Tongp. 196
Commemorating with Versep. 199
Excursions to Buddhist Sitesp. 202
Matching Poems by Xiao Tong's Literary Companionp. 208
Between Filial Piety and Religious Identityp. 216
Distancing from Buddhist Activitiesp. 224
Pondering on Reclusion and Rulershipp. 229
Reclusion as a Key Topic in the Six Dyanstiesp. 230
Reclusion As A Powerful Rhetoric: The Case Of Zhang Chongp. 232
A Genuine Recluse and His Rejection of the Crown Princep. 248
Writing Tao Qian to Explain Himself: Xiao Tong's Last Piecep. 261
Conclusionp. 279
Bibliographyp. 283
Indexp. 297
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