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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 215–231.
Published: 01 April 2020
... religious and political enemy is vital to Taiping identity formation. The author focuses on marginal figures in historical and fictional accounts who traverse political boundaries and constitute a third category beyond demarcations of “us” and Other in Taiping propaganda and its Qing counterpart. In short...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (2): 235–267.
Published: 01 November 2020
... article charts some of the twists and turns of his intellectual odyssey from youthful practitioner to the author of model essays for his grandson (who placed third [ tanhua 探花] in the palace examinations of 1898) and then to his elegy for the essay when the examination system was discontinued in 1905. The...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 347–379.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Hongming Zhang Abstract Shen Yue 沈約 (441–513) is widely believed to have created the poetic metrical theory of si sheng ba bing 四聲八病 (four tones and eight defects) and divided the four tones into ping 平 (level tone) and ze 仄 (oblique tone) categories, thus forming the binary contrast prosodic...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2014) 1 (1-2): 186–215.
Published: 01 November 2014
.... The increased use and popularity of shenglü primers, especially in primary education from the Song forward, is explored in section 2. The third section illustrates how shenglü primers emphasized an integration of yun (rhyme) and dui (paired phrasing or parallelism). While tracing the rise of shiyun...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (1): 56–90.
Published: 01 April 2017
... other. The author focuses on two basic loci of “private” space as represented in shi and ci , the boudoir and garden—one sexualized, forbidden, and private, and the other natural, culturally sanctioned, and constructed, but also private in certain ways regarding ownership. These two major categories...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 163–202.
Published: 01 April 2021
... to the theory and practice of the literary translation of Chinese poetic forms. Third, sanqu songs also attracted the attention of gifted scholar-translators. Among them, Jerome Seaton and James Crump deserve special mention. They both made it their mission to render the sinological gist of a...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2014) 1 (1-2): 289–308.
Published: 01 November 2014
.... late third century BCE) and part of the “Yang huo” 陽貨 chapter of the Analects . The diversity of sources and lack of unified message within the text, however, does not diminish the value of the Liji as a source. This point deserves emphasis, since the reputation of the Liji suffered over the...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (2): 400–428.
Published: 01 November 2016
... Machida Muneo 町田宗夫 (1916–2009), then president of the Buddhist Federation of Japan and secretary general of the Sōtō Zen sect, proclaimed at the Third World Conference on Religion and Peace held in Princeton, New Jersey, in 1979 that there was no social discrimination of any sort in Japan, he was little...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 60–86.
Published: 01 April 2020
... wait upon the Master were Buddhist and Taoist priests, as well as Confucians. We asked them about the history of the place, and they said in Tang times, this was the so-called Northern Court or residence of the Governor General of the central plains. In the third year of the period, Jinglong (709), the...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (2): 306–335.
Published: 01 November 2017
... gathered into this group would even have acknowledged existed as a category. The texts generally resemble each other in terms of form and content: they all tend to be discursive, abstract essays on topics of ethical or moral import, and not tied to specific occasions. However, unlike later versions of...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (1): 56–95.
Published: 01 April 2019
... literati burial both as a normative cultural practice of the Song and as an empirically observed category of archaeological assemblage. The layout of the cemetery and the depth of the tombs correspond to the prescriptions for family graveyards offered by prominent Northern Song literati like Sima Guang 司馬光...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 481–514.
Published: 01 November 2015
...): “Tang . . . has said that ‘while the ancients did not employ parallelism [as regards tonal category], tone yet lingers in their prose lines; in the striding paces [of their compositions], still there is rhythm’: this is what is meant by verse present within prose” 唐 ...... 曰:「古人雖不用儷偶,而散句之中,暗有聲調,步驟馳騁,亦有節...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (1): 92–133.
Published: 01 April 2015
... Blossoms in a category by itself is the fact that the project was prolonged over a period of years. Sustained and evolving, Shen's Falling Blossoms became a forum for the artist's expression of highly self-reflective meditations on art and mortality. Surprising in their frankness, they call awareness to...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 286–323.
Published: 01 November 2015
..., balanced feet; and third, unbalanced feet. As language developed, occurrences of emphatic words in poetry declined. Gradually, poetic lines came to be formed by the combination of balanced and unbalanced feet in different manners. Put simply, disyllabic poetry was made up of a single balanced foot...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (1): 137–174.
Published: 01 April 2016
... informed Yu [the Great] of the ‘Hongfan jiuchou’ 洪範九疇 [Nine Categories of the Great Plan ] and from the Luo [River] there emerged a turtle displaying an inscription of fifty-six characters, which is what is meant by ‘the Luo produced a text.’” 34 From the Shangshu zhonghou , we learn that “Lord Yao 堯...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (1): 1–25.
Published: 01 April 2016
... typically feels when observing an intimate from a distance or in a strange context, when becoming achingly aware of the stark contrast between how she seems (to others) and how one knows her to be. In the third line, the legendary consort is framed once again by the requisite ornaments of the palace boudoir...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2014) 1 (1-2): 90–124.
Published: 01 November 2014
... it. Wu looked perplexed and could not explain it. Before long, the names of the top five graduates were released, with each of the remaining four of Wu's candidates placed at the top of their respective examination category, like pearls strung together. Wu was delighted, this having much exceeded his...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (1): 175–202.
Published: 01 April 2016
... plot. Second, this emphasis on harmonious conclusions is accompanied by a subtle strengthening of elite (Confucian) morality in the plays through a host of smaller and larger changes to arias and dialogues leading to the final grand reunion scene. And third, the language and orthography of the plays...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 115–148.
Published: 01 April 2020
... greater detail allows the reader a closer look at the sufferings of the “barbarians.” In chapter 63, the chief commander Xihaijiao is killed in battle and his head, following the example in Ceylon, is placed on a pole just beyond the border pass to his kingdom. The king and his third son, the Third Prince...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2018) 5 (2): 322–359.
Published: 01 November 2018
... surrounded by the stereotypical symbols of retirement: interest in Daoism and the cranes of longevity (line 3), and drinking and fishing with rustic men (line 4). The third couplet, which may seem to be the most divorced from the poem's message, is actually crucial to its meaning: by describing the geese as...