Men of Letters within the Passes
Guanzhong Literati in Chinese History, 907-1911
By (author) Chang Woei Ong
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Men of Letters within the Passes by Chang Woei Ong
Book DescriptionThe main theme of this book is the interaction between two "places," China and Guanzhong, the capital area of several dynasties. It addresses such questions as What do we mean by "local"? Did the inhabitants of a locality believe that being "local" required them to assume a certain identity? If so, how did they talk and write about it? Were there spatial and temporal differences in the representation of locales?This work examines how Guanzhong literati conceptualized three sets of relations: central/regional, "official"/"unofficial," and national/local. It further traces the formation over the last millennium of the imperial state of a critical communal self-consciousness, the role of this consciousness in constructing a local identity and promoting an "unofficial" space for nonofficial elite activism, and the effect of the presence (or absence) of this consciousness on literati views of central-regional relationships. The issue here is not whether there can be a shared national culture, but whether this culture can be perceived as having regional variations and therefore contributing to the formation of a local identity.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674031708
(235mm x 159mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Harvard University, Asia Center
Publisher: Harvard University, Asia Center
Publish Date: 14-Oct-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Chang Woei Ong
Li Mengyang, the North-South Divide, and Literati Learning in Ming China, Hardback (January 2017)» View all books by Chang Woei Ong
Li Mengyang (1473 1530) was a scholar-official who initiated the literary archaist movement that sought to restore ancient styles of prose and poetry in sixteenth-century China. Chang Woei Ong situates Li's quest to redefine literati learning as a way to build a perfect social order in the context of intellectual transitions since the Song dynasty.
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Author Biography - Chang Woei Ong
Chang Woei Ong is Assistant Professor of Chinese Studies at the National University of Singapore.
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