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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 34–59.
Published: 01 April 2020
... a variety of strategies to prevail in the competitions of political authority and legitimacy. This article examines the northern emperor Tuoba Tao's (408–452, r. 423–452) self-representation in his letters delivered to the southern audience at the height of the two states' military struggle. Scholars have...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2014) 1 (1-2): 125–154.
Published: 01 November 2014
... by her young husband Ding Bing (1832–1899) after her untimely death, this small collection is framed by numerous paratexts such as prefaces, verse inscriptions, biographical accounts, and elegies. I explore how Ling's self-representation in her poetry is mediated by these paratexts and show how different...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (1): 134–172.
Published: 01 April 2015
..., Tang pictures Liniang peering into the same mirror she has used every day to make her toilette. But in scene 14 she uses the mirror to provide a model image for her portrait; the mirror is thus crucial to the act of self-representation. The painter will move her brush in accord with what she sees...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 7–33.
Published: 01 April 2020
... of representation. It focuses on three issues: (1) Who is the barbarian? Using Lu's dealings with the eastern Yi domains as case studies, the author explores how representation of cultural others is inseparable from cultural self-definition. Similarities and shared roots seem to have generated the impetus...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 192–214.
Published: 01 April 2020
..., or poet turned exile. We can also see from these perspectives that the exiles are bound to encounter the “other” in the foreign landscapes, in the cultural and linguistic differences, and no less in the humbling experiences of themselves and their body and in the troubled subjectivity of the self...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (1): 1–7.
Published: 01 April 2015
... analysis, Liu's and Huang's self-representations through paintings and visual images are intrinsically and irrevocably tied to their penchant for naming, verbal puns, and literary metaphors and symbols. Thus, the visual codes of their paintings, not unlike those of Shen Zhou's falling blossom images...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (1): 56–90.
Published: 01 April 2017
... presents his own image through the theatrical performance of his own lyrical voice. This section explores this lyrical self-representation, to see how the interiority of self is even more dramatized through playing with conventional artifacts and in a typological sense. To the Tune “Die lian hua” 蝶戀花...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2022) 9 (1): 105–130.
Published: 01 April 2022
... used as analytical tools to excavate the compositional and discursive significance of these writings and their cultural ecology over time. Terms such as gaze , voice , subjectivity , authorship , agency , and self-representation exemplify some of the salient theoretical concepts applied...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (2): 312–334.
Published: 01 November 2016
..., and is stricken by shock like the magnesium by the flame of a match. This sacrifice of our deepest self to shock is what creates the most indestructible images for our memory. 29 For Benjamin, viewing a photographic representation of the self triggers a moment of “being-outside-ourselves,” a process...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 1–6.
Published: 01 April 2020
....” The negotiation of social and political boundaries also figures in the male protagonist's bigamous union with a boatman's daughter and the daughter of a Mongol official in “Exit, Pursued by a Bear” by Ariel Fox. The Mongol wife in “Exit” taps into self-consciously articulated questions of cultural identity...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (1): 56–95.
Published: 01 April 2019
... between representation and experience lies at the heart of ongoing debates about the objects and methods of the interdisciplinary domain of emotion studies, Chinese grave goods can help us think more critically and self-reflexively about emotion as both an object of history and a historiographic heuristic...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2014) 1 (1-2): 1–28.
Published: 01 November 2014
... or dismiss the boundary between historical report and fictional fantasy but to examine their common assumptions and expectations about who the eunuch is, even about what they do not actually know about the eunuch. What people fear and hate about him is part of the representation—including the self...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (1): 1–14.
Published: 01 April 2019
... a self-conscious patterning of elegant phrases during that merging process. 8 As a rule, the emotion or qing spoken of by Lu and Liu is largely detached from specific sociopolitical contexts. In tracing the poet's emotion, both critics focus on the external influence of seasonal changes...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (2): 335–356.
Published: 01 November 2016
... 2017 Nie Gannu classical-style poetry self-exploration poems of grievance refined man Nie Gannu 聶紺弩 (1903–86) is best known for the extraordinary classical-style poems ( qishi 奇詩) he produced in the last thirty years of his life. He did not begin to write poetry seriously until the late...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2022) 9 (1): 195–224.
Published: 01 April 2022
..., for example, argues that “dwelling” ( dasein ), or “Being-in-the-world,” is the essence of human existence. He presents an apparently timeless farmhouse in the Black Forest as the idealized site where the natural and the human worlds fuse, where “the self-sufficiency of the power to let earth and heaven...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2018) 5 (1): 95–118.
Published: 01 April 2018
... of interpretation employed by Li Shangyin's Qing dynasty commentators. I would add that, although Li shows much more self-awareness than his predecessors in his use of poetic images and historical allusions, the notion of poetry as a form of artistic representation is not yet internal to his works. His poems...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (2): 209–215.
Published: 01 November 2017
..., and this leads to the following insight about the divergence between the two schools: that guwen values were fundamentally concerned with learning how to write well by steeping oneself in the classics composed by ancient sages (i.e., their wen ), while the primary goal of daoxue was cultivating the self...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (2): 203–214.
Published: 01 November 2016
... and feelings only into a dense web of archaic references. His poetic encryption may bespeak a motivation of self-protection, but a more compelling reason perhaps is that national and personal trials had led him to a different understanding of literary agency and historical representation. Chen wrote...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (1): 96–136.
Published: 01 April 2019
... a viewer. 39 Indeed, as Shigehisa Kuriyama has emphasized, the effort to control the “expression on the face” ( se 色) was an integral part of Confucian decorum and self-cultivation. 40 Smoothing the face, quieting the voice, measuring the step: these disciplines helped subdue the expression...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 487–491.
Published: 01 November 2019
... about it.” Given the symbolic association of rumor and gossip with other yin tropes, it would be useful to assess how commonly this rhetorical device appeared in the biographies of other Tang rulers. The second chapter, “(Self)Expression and Gendered Legitimacy,” discusses the generally positive...