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Chinese literary forms in Heian Japan : poetics and practice

Author: Brian Steininger
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Asia Center, 2017.
Series: Harvard East Asian monographs, 401.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Examines the transformation of Chinese literary genres in mid-Heian Japan by focusing on the ritualized recitation practices through which these works were performed and heard. This reconstruction of recitation as both a social and literary act demonstrates Sinographic literature's practical use among the capital nobility and modifications of Tang aesthetic principles"--
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Steininger
ISBN: 9780674975156 0674975154
OCLC Number: 953918977
Description: xi, 293 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Gifts and governors : Heian capital society in Utsuho monogatari --
Honchō monzui and the social dynamics of literary culture --
Couplet collections and aesthetic strategy --
Glosses and primers : Heian education and literacy --
Reading out loud : literary writing and oral performance --
Conclusion : the changing purview of literary Sinitic --
Appendix A. Selections from Sakumon diatai --
Appendix B. Preface to Wamyō ruijushō.
Series Title: Harvard East Asian monographs, 401.
Responsibility: Brian Steininger.

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Brian Steininger revisits Japan's mid-Heian court of the Tale of Genji and the Pillow Book, where literary Chinese was not only the basis of official administration, but also a medium for political  Read more...

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