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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (2): 420–438.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Ronald Egan Abstract This article explores the phenomenon of Song dynasty poems that have contested meanings in early (Song period) sources. Examples in both the shi and ci poetic forms are given. Each highlights a different aspect of poetic meaning as created and re-created through the interplay...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 545–572.
Published: 01 November 2015
... with a prosodic rhythm arising from established pauses between disyllabic and trisyllabic feet. It is this merging of prosodic and semantic rhythms that makes possible a unique convergence of prosody and meaning in Chinese poetry. In all traditional Chinese poetic genres, it represents the norm, while any...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 286–323.
Published: 01 November 2015
... [ XQHWJNBCS , 330] Each character for why , not , first , and occupy has its own independent meaning, but in these poetic lines, their cohesive power is very strong, and they can also be separately formed into the phrases “why not” and “first occupy.” Thus, the disyllabic units in these poetic...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 258–285.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Jonathan Smith Abstract The present study begins with an introduction to “sound symbolism” from a cognitive linguistic perspective. Such frameworks provide that while the relationship between sound and meaning within the lexicon is in general arbitrary, languages may also feature specific...
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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 (2016) 3 (2): 335–356.
Published: 01 November 2016
...Haosheng Yang Abstract This article examines modern Chinese writer Nie Gannu's 聶紺弩 (1903–86) poetic exploration of the meaning of life and poetry in times of both personal crisis and sociopolitical crises in China from the 1950s through the mid-1970s. Before and during the Cultural Revolution, Nie...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 380–418.
Published: 01 November 2015
... The formation of poetic prosody for regulated verse is predicated on the regulation of the single pentasyllabic line. Existent scholarship on the formation of regulated pentasyllabic verse mainly examines the establishment of the niandui 粘對 principle for linking two couplets in a pentasyllabic poem but pays...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2018) 5 (2): 250–275.
Published: 01 November 2018
..., the scholar goes about explaining the realia behind the poetic work, the usage of certain symbols, and their metaphorical meaning. This approach, however, raises a question of objectivity. One's idea about shared features may be biased, and a manual selection from the vast poetic heritage of China can hardly...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2018) 5 (2): 360–374.
Published: 01 November 2018
...Wang Zhaopeng; Qiao Junjun; Thomas J. Mazanec, Translator Abstract This article uses data to analyze the geographic distribution and transformation of the poetic world in the Tang dynasty (618–907 CE). There are two ways we can examine spatial distribution and movement in Tang poetry. The first...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (1): 180–207.
Published: 01 April 2017
... ) as opposed to zuoyi 作意 (activating yi ; see §6). Jianyi literally means “perceiving the yi .” As yi is more often than not used as “meaning,” many would thoughtlessly take jianyi to mean “to see the meaning” of poetic lines. However, if we carefully contextualize jianyi in light of Wang's...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 347–379.
Published: 01 November 2015
... . However, yamaka never means “defect” in Sanskrit poetic theories. Rather, it refers to a type of rhetorical device ( alaïkàra ). The earliest work on Sanskrit poetry is Bhāmaha's Kāvyālaṅkāra ( On the Art of Poems , ca. seventh century). Consisting of six chapters, the book discusses the function...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (2): 258–288.
Published: 01 November 2016
... of popular uprisings ( minjian qibing 民間起兵). With elements such as poetic creativity, folk culture, and popular uprising integrated into his vision, Hu Lancheng is ready to consider the meaning of modernity. He argues that China faced unprecedented crisis with the advent of Western civilization after...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (1): 56–90.
Published: 01 April 2017
... out in a deliberate conversion from that image to this voice, by means of the screen. The screen is a peculiar artifact, more poetically susceptible to penetration by a voice than by an image. The voice is a more rousing synecdoche of an invisible and interior space, the very synecdoche...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 89–112.
Published: 01 April 2021
... of Zhang's sanqu songs was not merely the result of combining literary and colloquial styles, this article aims to reconstruct Zhang's idea about poetic functions underlying his literary syncretism by exploring his literary activities in the cultural context at his time. Copyright © 2021 by Duke University...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 509–512.
Published: 01 November 2019
... great contributions to this line of research is thus to prove, beyond any doubt, how scholars interested in understanding representations of and engagement with feelings, as a literary, cultural, and political site of meaning production, need to include not just the poetic medium in general...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 163–202.
Published: 01 April 2021
... also can be seen as a symbol for Su Shi's poetic achievements. We attempt to represent such a symbolic meaning of Red Cliff, moving the reader to the author using the “foreignizing” method, even if such an approach might somewhat impede readers' understanding of the text. We also translate...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (1): 1–25.
Published: 01 April 2016
...Paula Varsano Abstract The Tang dynasty poet Wang Changling 王昌齡 (ca. 690–ca. 756), renowned for his mastery of the jueju 絕句 (quatrain) form, has been praised specifically for having brought a lyric sensibility to the heptasyllabic quatrain: a poetic genre most closely associated with yuefu themes...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2018) 5 (1): 95–118.
Published: 01 April 2018
... and a tendency toward a more immersive mode of composition that would become a defining feature of the new style of Song poetry. Through closely comparing the technical innovations and rhetorical strategies of the Xikun poets against those used by Li Shangyin, the author demonstrates how these poetic...
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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 (2): 215–232.
Published: 01 November 2016
... Pu'an, at the very beginning of his essay, emphatically refers to “Yueji” to separate meaningful “voices” from meaningless “sounds.” His goal is to discuss the ways meaning is constructed through sound in the Chinese language. For Hu Pu'an, this means that from existing written characters one has...