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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 59–88.
Published: 01 April 2021
.... Moreover, a proper interpretation of Jia's songs also helps us better understand the performativeness of sanqu as a genre. Copyright © 2021 by Duke University Press 2021 social role performance an impersonal and imperial perspective popular and elite cultures Lu gui bu 錄鬼簿 (The Register...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2014) 1 (1-2): 29–64.
Published: 01 November 2014
... of the Mongol conquests first of the territory of the Jin Dynasty and eventually of the Southern Song state, local popular culture, Mongol patronage of performers, and the Yuan service elite converged to turn a new colloquial form of Chinese into a poetic lingua franca for the Yuan empire. 21 Leading members...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 504–508.
Published: 01 November 2019
... Sino-Manchu performance in which mastery of Chinese cultural forms was a sign of bannermen's elite status within Chinese society. She also disentangles language from literary culture, applying Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari's insights on minor literatures to Manchu cultural expression. As she puts...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2018) 5 (1): 66–94.
Published: 01 April 2018
... yanyue already dominated the musical landscape, both elite and popular. Jinti shi may also have been more suited to large-scale court performance due to even line lengths, which likely correlated with a cyclical, symmetric melodic phrasing more suited to choral singing and dancing. 49 Evenly...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 89–112.
Published: 01 April 2021
... style enjoyed by cultural elites because the organization of parallel lines requires a high degree of linguistic skill and because, in many cases, the artificial manipulation of language makes the style of a poem or song far from natural and colloquial. For this reason, Zhang Kejiu's frequent...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 236–238.
Published: 01 April 2021
... and in textual form, as well as its social, ritual, political, and intellectual implications. Her dissertation, “Playing Roles: Literati, Playwrights, and Female Performers in Yuan Theater” (2019), investigates how Yuan zaju drama reshaped Chinese culture by bridging the gap between inherently oral popular...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 331–358.
Published: 01 November 2019
... constituted part of the elite and popular culture that recognizes the interdependence between wen 文 (civil) and wu 武 (military), which influenced the sect members' later adoption of martial arts as a complementary practice to meditation. Hence, the military theme—embellished with fantastic elements...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 383–411.
Published: 01 November 2019
.... The merchant's sojourns to the outside, exposing the porousness and vulnerability of these borders, create problems both ontological and diplomatic for the imperial court. In crossing the boundaries between elite and common, Chinese and other, inside and outside, the merchant gives lie to the unity and stability...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 1–11.
Published: 01 April 2021
... Jia's songs as an attempt to reconcile the values of imperial and popular culture in the context of his own fraught position at the Ming court. Though much acclaimed for his songs and riddles by Ming princes and other courtiers, Jia was nevertheless keenly aware of his status as a practitioner...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 483–486.
Published: 01 November 2019
... “types” with such names as “The Bag Drop,” “Brokers,” “Showing Off Wealth,” and, to cover the educated elite as well as merchants and brokers, “Poetry” and “Corruption in Education.” Drawing from each of these types, in The Book of Swindles Christopher Rea and Bruce Rusk have translated forty-four...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (1): 96–136.
Published: 01 April 2019
... his readers. 19 Nonetheless, an unresolved tension emerges from these essays, for Li's delineation of emotion was mediated by both the historical knowledge and by the language of elite culture that he shared with his readers. 20 How could it have been otherwise? This brings me to question...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 87–114.
Published: 01 April 2020
... between Hong Mai's place in elite culture and his activities as a chronicler of the stories that occupied, at best, a marginal place in that culture is a remarkable one that bodes well for reading his collection as a record of his perception of persons outside his social class and circle. Another...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (2): 360–382.
Published: 01 November 2017
... the Southern Song (1127–1279) onward, he was featured in numerous plays, novels, and short stories. Best known as the impartial and courageous Judge Bao, he has remained one of the most beloved household names in China's late imperial and modern times. 2 Scholarly interest in Bao Zheng, like popular...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (2): 306–335.
Published: 01 November 2017
... view. The “textual turn” of Northern Song culture, which included the rapid rise of printing during the eleventh and twelfth centuries and the new popularity of book collecting among elites, profoundly affected scholars' reading of the past. As Tang texts circulated more widely in both manuscript...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 139–162.
Published: 01 April 2021
... performances). In each context and occasion, the sanqu in question may gain a different identity (e.g., court song, a composition by a known elite scholar, or a popular tune from the streets) and mean something different to its reader or listener, as a result of how the sanqu was presented...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2014) 1 (1-2): 186–215.
Published: 01 November 2014
... section reveals the curious interaction between the taste of the poetry elites and that of the masses educated and informed by such popular poetry primers. Copyright © 2014 by Duke University Press 2014 shenglü (tone and rhythm) yun (rhyme) dui (paired phrasing; parallelism) shiyun shu (rhyme...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2018) 5 (1): 34–65.
Published: 01 April 2018
... governing elite. The article closes with an examination of how the Han elite grappled with the problems presented by the deceptiveness of appearance. Ultimately, this “somatic interpretation” of Han political culture explores some of the same issues vital to scholars of literature and philosophy: How do we...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 113–138.
Published: 01 April 2021
... of the cultural and political elite beyond a personal communication. In another example, Kang Hai 康海 (1475–1540) and Wang Jiusi 王九思 (1468–1551) wrote quite a few matching songs to each other between 1524 and 1529 (the third year to the eighth year of Jiajing 嘉靖 reign), which has drawn serious academic...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 203–235.
Published: 01 April 2021
...; they were given a new lease on life through both elite and popular channels of transmission. For example, the Emperor Wuzhong 武宗 (r. 1308–1311) had copies of the Tuxiang Xiaojing 圖像孝經 (Illustrated Classic of Filial Piety) and Lienü zhuan printed and distributed to all of his courtiers. 68...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (1): 85–107.
Published: 01 April 2016
...Qi Dongfang (齊東方); 齊東方 Abstract As an iconic strategy game, go ( weiqi ) has long played an important cultural role throughout East Asia. This article examines representations of go in a variety of essays and especially poems. In doing so, it demonstrates that go was hardly a mere pastime, good...
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