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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (1): 108–136.
Published: 01 April 2016
... of the traditional Chinese musical instrument, the guqin . It brings to light the interconnections of ideas and images of this instrument with the expressive resources of Chinese culture, and it studies the symbolism of this music in terms of its orientations toward cosmological views of life, human comportment...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2022) 9 (2): 425–457.
Published: 01 November 2022
... to the traditional zhongti xiyong , Chinese musicians now seem to revel in playing Chinese musical instruments in the Western style, which can be called xiti zhongyong 西體中用. It has recently become a vogue for Chinese orchestras to embark on tours to demonstrate how Chinese musical instruments can emulate...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2018) 5 (1): 66–94.
Published: 01 April 2018
... at their perceived foreign, imperial, cosmopolitan status. See n. 9. 50. See nn. 42 and 49. 49. On traditional Chinese approaches to melody, see Thrasher, Sizhu Instrumental Music of South China , 75–80 . 48. In “Lun Han Wei liuchao qiyan shige,” for example, Qian Zhixi argues that the shift...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 432–460.
Published: 01 November 2019
... by its “fragrance,” by analogy to a wind blowing across grasses, or in the manner of one musical instrument transferring a vibration to another. 42 Practically speaking, this meant memorable words and deeds spreading widely from mouth to mouth (and sometimes committed to writing). But a sage might...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (2): 215–232.
Published: 01 November 2016
... originated in singing, dancing, and music and Chen Shih-hsiang's theory of the expressive gesture found in poetry were a breath of fresh air. The views of Zhu and Chen are consistent in that they both call our attention to rhythm's mediating role. For them, rhythm is not a transparent instrument; rather...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 163–202.
Published: 01 April 2021
... a gufeng 古風 (traditional Chinese-style) musical composition based on the source text, attempting to reconstruct the long-lost musical elements of harmony, rhythm, and melody of the original sanqu song. From the perspective of intersemiotic translation, 63 by listening to the song a possible auditory...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2022) 9 (1): 225–255.
Published: 01 April 2022
... of Sinologists about the history and practice of Chinese theater have yet to resonate more broadly among scholarly communities interested in world theater, world dance, or world music. Even general introductory surveys on world theater that address some facet of the xiqu tradition often describe Chinese...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (1): 1–14.
Published: 01 April 2019
... dignified, strong but not ruthless, and simple but not arrogant. Poetry expresses the heart's intent [ zhi ]; singing prolongs the utterance of that expression. The notes accord with the prolonged utterance and are harmonized by pitch tubes. The eight kinds of musical instruments attain harmony and do...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 113–138.
Published: 01 April 2021
... scholarly attention. Specifically, scholars have long neglected to investigate when sanqu songs began to be used in social activities among literati and whether they were presented in the form of musical literature (instruments, performers, and performing venues were prerequisites for sanqu songs...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (1): 137–174.
Published: 01 April 2016
...儀 (The Appearance of the Authoritative Dipper); Music Apocrypha : “Dongshengyi” 動聲儀 (Impressiveness of Musical Instruments), “Jiyaojia” 稽耀嘉 (Investigating Glorious Praise), “Zhituzheng” 汁圖征 (Verification of the Harmony between Music and Figures) [note: also called “Yetuzheng” 葉圖征 (Verification...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (2): 486–490.
Published: 01 November 2020
... ridicules the traditions of erotic fiction and boudoir romance; and in the end, it also mocks the act of reading, for the Mirror for the Romantic is not only a mirror but also a book. Jia Rui's choice therefore anticipates the reading of the The Stone as yinshu ; how one reads the novel is beyond...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2022) 9 (2): 277–307.
Published: 01 November 2022
... for adoption into a wide array of contexts. Circumstances calling for the use of vision as an instrument of interpretation could rely on yangfu as a performative guide and draw epistemological and moral authority from the larger exegetical tradition it was associated with. In “looking up and down...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 515–544.
Published: 01 November 2015
...Chen Yinchi; Paula Varsano Abstract While few would contest the importance of phonology and aural considerations in the study of classical Chinese poetry, the musicality of guwen (ancient-style prose essays) writing has attracted little attention thus far. This article redresses this imbalance...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 286–323.
Published: 01 November 2015
... is truly singular and stands out from the crowd. Ah! Prince Chen Si [Cao Zhi] is accomplished in prose, as the Duke of Zhou and Confucius excelled in human relationships—like a dragon or phoenix among creatures with scales and feathers, like the pan pipes or zither among musical instruments, or like ritual...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2014) 1 (1-2): 29–64.
Published: 01 November 2014
... construed an inclusive song lyric tradition that spanned all social registers. In its opening remarks, the Discourse championed three famous singers of antiquity, enumerated five emperors from Chinese and conquest dynasties known for their musical and prosodic skills, identified the themes of the three...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (1): 56–95.
Published: 01 April 2019
... in the history of literature, calligraphy, painting, music, chess, tea, and the decorative arts, one that established many of the conventions of practice and paradigms of assessment that persist to this day as the basis for “traditional” Chinese arts. From the perspective of social historians, the expansion...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 383–411.
Published: 01 November 2019
... be remedied. Zeitlin, “Cultural Biography of a Musical Instrument,” 412–13 . 3. Yu, Rujia lunli yu shangren jingshen , 155–212 ; Xu, “Shangye yu shehui bianqian,” 135–42 ; Elman, Cultural History of Civil Examinations , 152–53, 246–47, 376 ; Clunas, Superfluous Things , 141–65 ; Guo, Ritual...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (1): 134–172.
Published: 01 April 2015
... in the anonymous portrayal of a meiren and her male companion shown here ( figure 2 ), as the figures, seated in a garden, amuse themselves with books and a musical instrument. Tang unexpectedly shifts away from pictorial convention to the description of a specific attribute: he observes that the figure...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 167–191.
Published: 01 April 2020
...; at that time Kong was serving as zhushi 主事 (chief secretary) of the Ministry of Revenue ( hubu 戶部) in Beijing, and Gu often participated in his literary gatherings. Previously in 1691, Kong obtained an ancient string instrument called xiao hulei 小忽雷. As it was believed to have come down from the Tang...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (1): 129–159.
Published: 01 April 2017
... of the scandalous Ning Mansion provides the site and foundation for the Prospect Garden, if only because the Stone is rooted in these traditions and hence needs to transcend them. Herein lies the Stone' s anxiety of influence. In the following, focusing on the making of Baoyu before his relocation...