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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2014) 1 (1-2): 262–288.
Published: 01 November 2014
... by his subjects. Mencius was keenly aware that the root cause of Xianqiu Meng's interpretive errors was his misapplication of “cutting off a section to get a desired meaning” to reading. In response, Mencius immediately issued two important injunctions: “One should not let rhetorical embellishment...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (2): 336–359.
Published: 01 November 2017
... Xuan's interpretations because they diverge from Mencius. 56 Many in Fan Zhongyan's circle 57 shared the belief that the authentic classics should be coherent, the minds of the sages are accessible through their writing, and one should hold onto the core doctrines. Sun Fu held that the core...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 432–460.
Published: 01 November 2019
... qi by merely glimpsing him at a distance, further emphasizing that it is not the prince's palaces, clothing, or, arguably, even his physical bearing that imbue him with a kind of “princely air,” one that other passages in the Mencius suggest could manifest in the luster of the skin or the limbs...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 34–59.
Published: 01 April 2020
... and imposes new interpretive frameworks for later readers. Copyright © 2020 by Duke University Press 2020 self-representation letter politics of language kingship historiography The Northern Wei dynasty (386–534), founded by one group of the Xianbei 鮮卑 people known as the Tuoba 拓拔, gradually...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 215–231.
Published: 01 April 2020
... is associated with one group's dominance over and subordination of those without power. 1 In psychoanalytic studies, naming an Other identifies someone of a different identity and simultaneously reinforces the formation of an “us.” 2 Generally, the position of the Other constantly moves in relation...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 60–86.
Published: 01 April 2020
..., a closer look reveals that he simultaneously appropriated Li's strategy. This article argues that the rhetorical schemata shared by the two dueling travelogues provided a foundation for the political discourse affirming the Mongol-Yuan dynasty's legitimacy. As one traces Qiu Chuji's journey...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (1): 137–168.
Published: 01 April 2019
... Yue region, Zhang Dai 張岱 (1597–1684) offers one of the subtlest interpretations of the affinity between canshan shengshui and loyalists. In his first essay, the “Cao shan” 曹山 (The Cao Mountain), Zhang describes how this mountain is shaped and reshaped through a process of injury and rebirth...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 12–30.
Published: 01 April 2021
... official who is touring the countryside in spring to urge the farmers to a timely start for their spring planting. 33. The line suggests that the person concerned hails from South Asia and at one time had been a Buddhist monk. 34. According to an anecdote recounted in Mencius IA7:4, King Xuan...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (2): 306–335.
Published: 01 November 2017
... of Tang texts and offered competing interpretations of the Tang legacy. Intellectual historians have explored the influence of this critical attitude on the Song classicist movement, in which scholars offered new interpretations of the classics to support new philosophical arguments. But beyond reception...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2018) 5 (1): 119–147.
Published: 01 April 2018
... are analyzed in their function of adding dimension to the novels' heroes—larger than life characters with highly distinctive personalities. The selected novels are all landmark works of Chinese martial arts literature: Shuihu , one of China's earliest vernacular novels, was published in the sixteenth...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 31–58.
Published: 01 April 2021
... literary forms that developed through the changing landscapes of the Jin 金 (1115–1234) and Yuan 元 (1271–1368) introduced a broadening compass of authors, linguistic registers, and concerns. 1 Among these, new treatments of the themes of communicative foundering and interpretive failure run through...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (1): 129–159.
Published: 01 April 2017
... of this dream have invited numerous possible interpretations, and one way to read it is as a rite of initiation: after reading mythical texts and enjoying sensuous feasts, music, and dance, the hero is lectured on his own psychology and given a divine maiden with whom to consummate marriage. In Fairy...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (2): 258–288.
Published: 01 November 2016
... literary and cultural studies, with Western theory taking precedence over Chinese subjects (and subjectivities). But one cannot help noting that some of the most critical voices are themselves empowered by, or even sustaining, the Western canon they set out to subvert. Overcoming such a dilemma does...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2014) 1 (1-2): 155–185.
Published: 01 November 2014
... (“loving antiquity”) project at Chengdi's court led by the three most impressive thinkers of the two Han dynasties, Liu Xiang 劉向 (79–8 BC), Liu Xin 劉歆 (53 BC–AD 23), son of Liu Xiang, and Yang Xiong 揚雄 (53 BC–AD 18). Yang Xiong, the Han philosophical master, remarks at one point in his Fayan 法言...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (1): 108–136.
Published: 01 April 2016
..., poetic values, and spiritual attainment. By tracing the networks of symbolic meaning throughout the cultural fields of Chinese life, one can arrive at a deeper understanding of the thoroughgoing resonance of musical performances in this part of the world. Copyright © 2016 by Duke University Press 2016...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (2): 382–410.
Published: 01 November 2020
... was ordered by imperial decree to edit and compile a new commentary based on the Huang commentary and making reference to annotations by Zheng Xuan and other scholars. This new commentary, titled Lunyu zhengyi 論語正義 (Orthodox Interpretation of the Analects ), was presented to Emperor Zhenzong of Song 宋真宗...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (2): 268–286.
Published: 01 November 2020
...) states, “No matter how far one goes, one's home is wherever one feels peaceful” 無論海角與天涯,大抵心安即是家. 41 Without the concentration and fullness of expression, however, he was surpassed by Su Shi as the ultimate interpreter of the relationship between hometown and spiritual settlement. It was the latter's...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (1): 56–95.
Published: 01 April 2019
...Jeffrey Moser Abstract This article considers the emotional status of grave goods in medieval China. Its purpose is twofold. First, the author investigates the conceptual structures available for interpreting the emotional processes involved in medieval burials. He argues that it is possible...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (2): 411–469.
Published: 01 November 2020
... social networks and his travels and deeds), research of poetic genres, Du Fu's poetic art, his thought, interpretation, and criticism of his poetry, and studies of his influence and reception. The twenty-first century has witnessed great achievements in editing Du Fu's collections. New collated...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (1): 19–55.
Published: 01 April 2017
... reason did Xianglin, 薌林底事 Come down to sport in this mortal realm? 游戲到人寰 12 The preface to Xiang's “Fragrance Fills the Hall,” in addition to waxing rhapsodic about his love for the osmanthus flower, also indicates that his song lyric was one among a set of group compositions that he...