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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 113–138.
Published: 01 April 2021
...Ye Ye; Erxin Wang Abstract When examining songs in Chinese literature, we can distinguish among literary, musical, and communal aspects of their circulation. Sanqu songs became popular in the form of musical texts in the Yuan and Ming dynasties, but the ci song lyrics, by the Southern Song dynasty...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (2): 312–334.
Published: 01 November 2016
..., The Sacred Books of China , 196–97 . The forms ( xing 形) and shadow ( ying 影) were often used to refer to photography. 19. Barthes, “Rhetoric of the Image,” in Image-Music-Text , 44 . 20. See Barthes, Camera Lucida . 21. The story is cited in Shen, Shen Zengzhi ji jiaozhu , 191...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 492–503.
Published: 01 November 2019
... China” (25). Zhang was a rising official with a deep knowledge of music, who is known now primarily for his song lyrics. Lam uses a wide range of texts to explore the ambient sounds Zhang wrote about, Zhang's understanding of the importance of musical performance to the state, and finally, his musical...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 203–235.
Published: 01 April 2021
...” ( qingli 清麗) and “heroic abandon” ( haofang 豪放) borrowed from the discourse on ci 詞 song lyrics, immediacy and hypermediacy may allow us to articulate a different, more genre-specific aesthetic. Ye Ye's article in this issue distinguishes among sanqu as musical, literary, and informational texts...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 515–544.
Published: 01 November 2015
... the intense musical connection manifest in poetic discourse. Simply put, the distance between prose writing and music was considerable indeed. This, however, does not mean that guwen consisted of nothing more than texts meant to be read in silence. This becomes especially clear when we get...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 432–460.
Published: 01 November 2019
... other functions, such as courtship and exercise. This article suggests that the situation, especially at the more elite level better attested by text and archeological finds, was much the reverse in ancient times, with music's entertainment value secondary to its practical functions, like moral...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 504–508.
Published: 01 November 2019
... elegant, drawing on a wide range of Chinese poetic references. But zidishu was also a musical genre, and Chiu offers as complete a reconstruction of the music as is likely to be possible, based on a few surviving examples of texts with at least rudimentary musical notation. Zidishu were sung...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 163–202.
Published: 01 April 2021
.... In the book Translating Song: Lyrics and Texts , Peter Low proposes a five-pronged approach to translating songs: singability, sense, naturalness, rhythm, and rhyme. 55 As a song form, sanqu was a new style of music featuring frequent rhyme and irregular line length, and it has been viewed by some...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (1): 137–174.
Published: 01 April 2016
... Celestial Bodies].” 76 The apocryphal texts also contain a metaphysics of systematic musical relations based on modes or temperaments, applicable to musical tuning. For example, Ren Fang, in his Fengda chishi Qixi shiqi 奉答敕示七夕詩啓 (Opening a Response to Imperial Orders of a Poem on the Qixi Festival...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 1–11.
Published: 01 April 2021
... kinds of audiences but also, in the process, developed new functionalities. As the articles demonstrate, in doing so the genre often broke down boundaries between popular, ritual, court, and literati realms; between indigenous and foreign practitioners; between musical, literary, and communicative uses...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 236–238.
Published: 01 April 2021
... Essays 康海散曲集校箋 (2011), coauthor of Passion, Romance, and Qing: The World of Emotions and States of Mind in Peony Pavilion (2014), and coeditor of Text, Performance, and Gender in Chinese Literature and Music: Essays in Honor of Wilt Idema (2009), An Anthology of Critical Studies on Tang Xianzu...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 139–162.
Published: 01 April 2021
... to a wider musical world in the Ming court. For instance, one may also reference a sizable body of song texts that can be considered courtly but are more directly associated with state rituals and not included in the three anthologies. An important source of early Ming drama and sanqu , Zhu Quan's 朱權 (1378...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (1): 1–14.
Published: 01 April 2019
... with poetry making: emotion externalizes itself in patterned sounds and words, and this language patterning in turn gives rise to visual manifestations, whether in the play of music, the spectacle of dance, or an image of the external worlds of man and nature. Perhaps in no other critical tradition can we...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (1): 91–128.
Published: 01 April 2017
... how these practices contributed to our understanding of pre-Tang poetic tradition and the history of literature remains little studied. Recent scholarship on the reception history of pre-Tang tradition has paid attention to the fluidity of its literary texts in the manuscript culture era, suggesting...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (2): 215–232.
Published: 01 November 2016
... in Chinese language and literature. As early as 1924, Hu Pu'an tried to define sound ( sheng 聲) and voice ( yin 音) through alluding to “Yueji” 樂記 (Record of Music): According to the “Record of Music” in the Book of Rites , “all the modulations of the voice arise from the mind, and the various...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2014) 1 (1-2): 29–64.
Published: 01 November 2014
...Patricia Sieber Abstract This article examines two key texts from early fourteenth-century Hangzhou to explore how they shaped the process of textualization of a new genre, the so-called sanqu songs. The article argues that both of these texts, the seminal anthology of the genre, the Yangchun...
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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 (2017) 4 (2): 306–335.
Published: 01 November 2017
... for each genre and total number of texts in each genre category. Table 1. Complete list of genres and contents by juan and number of pieces Genre category (in order of appearance) No. of juan No. of texts 古賦 Ancient (unregulated ) fu 9 45 詩:古今樂章 Poetry: Musical...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (1): 56–95.
Published: 01 April 2019
... for teasing forth this experience. Early Chinese texts like the “Great Preface” (Daxu 大序) to the Book of Odes ( Shijing 詩經) and the “Record of Music” (Yueji 樂記) chapter of the Liji characterize qing as fundamentally inchoate. Consider, for instance, the classic passage from the “Great Preface”: Qing...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 286–323.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Zhao Minli; Benjamin Ridgway Abstract China's earliest poetic genres formed in direct relationship with music, and pentasyllabic shi poetry is no exception. This was a new poetic genre that formed after tetrasyllabic poetry and the sao style associated with the Chuci 楚辭 (Lyrics of Chu...