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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 203–235.
Published: 01 April 2021
...Patricia Sieber Abstract This article proposes a new typology of the sanqu corpus. The discussion analyzes a cross section of sanqu songs in terms of how they engaged with language registers, on the one hand, and how they recontextualized existing motifs and media, on the other. Specifically...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 163–202.
Published: 01 April 2021
... of musicality and other salient features of the genre. The six essays discuss, respectively, pronouns, rhyme, punctuation, language registers, allusion, and citational practice. In contextualizing such strategies theoretically and illustrating them with examples, the short essays seek to contribute more broadly...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 1–11.
Published: 01 April 2021
... own solution for extended fictional narrative was the notion of an “encyclopedic novel” that mediates its narration through countless other imprints. 20 Taking its cue from Shang's genre-based approach, my article approaches a sampling of sanqu through the issue of language registers...
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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 (2014) 1 (1-2): 29–64.
Published: 01 November 2014
..., the diversification of genres designed for the entertainment of diverse urban audiences, the vernacularization of the literary language, 4 and the expansion of print culture to argue for a continuous expansion of the popular literary sphere from the Song period onward. 5 However, as revisionist work on the Yuan...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2014) 1 (1-2): 155–185.
Published: 01 November 2014
... in nearly every case for which evidence still remains that prompts my first observation registered above regarding redating. 29 A clear picture emerges: following the legends claiming that Kongzi had culled nine-tenths of the Odes to produce the 305 poems in the Odes classic 詩, and whittled down...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (2): 203–214.
Published: 01 November 2016
... to register the schizophrenic nature between, and within, classical and modern script systems, and throughout his career he never ceased to question the assumption of the total communicability of language and writing. Aside from writing iconoclastic subjects with recourse to the vernacular language, Lu Xun...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 251–257.
Published: 01 November 2015
...: the tetrasyllabic poems of the Shijing 詩經 ( Book of Poetry ) and the pentasyllabic poems of the Han dynasty. Jonathan Smith begins from linguists' observations of nonarbitrary relationships between sound and meaning in many languages: in English, for instance, consider the /gl/ of glare , glow , and gleam...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 89–112.
Published: 01 April 2021
..., as Zhang Kejiu's poem above demonstrates, uses carefully crafted sentences, refined language, and illusions from classical works, which keeps the emotions of the text in a state of potentiality—feelings unexpressed directly, but hinted at through muted gesture. 1 West also warned against...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 444–480.
Published: 01 November 2015
... in the Chinese language, but why is it that prose is formed with lines of four and six syllables? Why is the four-six form favored in essays rather than in poems? And what is the aesthetic principle behind four-six prose? These are the questions that this essay attempts to answer. It is argued that poetic...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (1): 1–25.
Published: 01 April 2016
...) that produced those writings. 4 In short, the Chinese lyric subject is the unnamed entity imagined as living in and responding to the world and consequently, unavoidably, expressing itself in poetry. This subject is accessible and interpretable only inasmuch as it is bodied forth in poetic language...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (1): 1–7.
Published: 01 April 2015
... often prove inadequate in capturing the elusive, sometimes vague lyrical vision or mental images, not to mention the rhetorical and metaphorical operations of the poetic language that find no equivalents in visual media. However, not all painters of the time sought in vain to “convert” poetry...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (2): 258–288.
Published: 01 November 2016
... inscription, and cultural upbringing, wenxue 文學, or literature, is an art of registering, and being registered by, the incessant metamorphosis of forms, thoughts, and attitudes over time and space. In Owen's words, “If literature ( wen ) is the entelechy of a previously unrealized pattern...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 12–30.
Published: 01 April 2021
... “The Complaint of the Ox” 牛訴冤 (Niu suyuan) is the only preserved work of Yao Shouzhong 姚守中. Our biographical information about Yao is extremely limited. His name is listed in Lu gui bu 錄鬼簿 (The Register of Ghosts), China's earliest catalog of dramatists by Zhong Sicheng 鍾嗣成 (d. ca. 1360). Zhong knew only...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (1): 56–95.
Published: 01 April 2019
... absences. The most significant of these is the complete absence of grave goods that would, in the language of their day, have been labeled mingqi 明器 (or mingqi 冥器). Often translated as “spirit articles,” the term mingqi has a complex history dating back to the ritual texts of the preimperial...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 34–59.
Published: 01 April 2020
... communication was intended to verbally insult the southern troops. The letter is written in a straightforward manner, with language in a plain register and devoid of literary allusions. It forms a stark contrast to the ornate parallel prose that came to be the norm of verbal communication in the southern...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 432–460.
Published: 01 November 2019
... of chanting, fu may have mixed elite and vernacular or dialect-type registers, while song 誦 (OC s-loŋh/sə-[l]oŋ-s, another possible homonym of tong 通 or cong 聰) consisted of purely formal language and may have been more straightforward. 55 Thus, the more demanding form of chanting may have been...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2014) 1 (1-2): 186–215.
Published: 01 November 2014
... knowledge of shengyun 聲韻 (tone and rhyme) and became familiar with the rules of paired phrasing. The texts also helped establish the foundation for a wide knowledge of shenglü in Chinese literature and language, and nurtured an appreciation among the general public. Though very popular in premodern...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (2): 312–334.
Published: 01 November 2016
... register the moral economy of the genre, initiating reflections on the ethical role of intellectuals. The gesture of introspection intrinsic to the genre, arising from the occasion of viewing the mirrored or represented self, was repetitively imitated and performed from the late imperial age...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (1): 8–42.
Published: 01 April 2015
... of Painting), Du Jin, also known by the courtesy name Junan 懼男, and the pseudonyms Chungju 檉居, Gukuang 古狂, and Qingxia ting 青霞亭, was from the Dantu 丹徒 district of Zhenjiang 鎮江, and was registered in the capital. He diligently studied the classics, histories, and collected records of the various sages; even...
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