The Making of Early Chinese Classical Poetry
By (author) Stephen Owen
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Making of Early Chinese Classical Poetry by Stephen Owen
Book DescriptionOver the centuries, early Chinese classical poetry became embedded in a chronological account with great cultural resonance and came to be transmitted in versions accepted as authoritative. But modern scholarship has questioned components of the account and cast doubt on the accuracy of received texts. The result has destabilised the study of early Chinese poetry. This study adopts a double approach to the poetry composed between the end of the 1st Century B.C and the 3rd Century A.D. First, it examines extant material from this period synchronically, as if it were not historically arranged, with some poems attached to authors and some not. By setting aside putative differences of author and genre, Stephen Owen argues, we can see that this was 'one poetry,' created from a shared poetic repertoire and compositional practices. Second, it considers how the scholars of the late 5th and early 6th Centuries selected this material and reshaped it to produce the standard account of classical poetry. As Owen shows, early poetry comes to us through reproduction - reproduction by those who knew the poem and transmitted it, by musicians who performed it, and by scribes and anthologists - all of whom changed texts to suit their needs.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674021365
(232mm x 162mm x 30mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 31-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United States
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