Forthcoming Book on Chinese Poetic Culture

Mar 7, 2017 by

We are very pleased to announce that How to Read Chinese Poetry: Poetic Culture from Antiquity through the Tang has gone through peer review and is now in production at Columbia University Press. This book is the final product of the inaugural conference of our forum. It is also the last of the Columbia UP “triology” on how to read Chinese poetry. It is scheduled to come out in late 2017 or early 2018. Below is its table of contents.

CONTENTS

Thematic Contents iv
Preface to the Volume xxiii
Chronology of Historical Events xxv
Symbols and Abbreviations xxxii

Introduction: The Cultural Role of Chinese Poetry ZONG-QI CAI

PART 1 PRE-HAN TIMES

1. Poetry and Diplomacy in the Zuo Tradition (Zuozhuan) WAI-YEE LI
2. Poetry and Authorship: The Songs of Chu (Chuci) STEPHEN OWEN

PART 2 THE HAN DYNASTY

3. Empire in Text: Sima Xiangru’s “Sir Vacuous/Imperial Park Rhapsody” (“Zixu/Shanglin fu”) YU-YU CHENG and GREGORY PATTERSON
4. Poetry and Ideology: The Canonization of the Book of Poetry (Shijing) during the Han ZONG-QI CAI
5. Love beyond the Grave: A Tragic Tale of Love and Marriage in Han China OLGA LOMOVÁ

PART 3 THE SIX DYNASTIES

6. Heroes from Chaotic Times: The Three Caos XINDA LIAN
7. The Worthies of the Bamboo Grove NANXIU QIAN
8. The Poetry of Reclusion: Tao Qian ALAN BERKOWITZ
9. The Struggling Buddhist Mind: Shen Yue MEOW HUI GOH

PART 4 THE TANG DYNASTY

10.Knight-Errantry: Tang Frontier Poems TSUNG-CHENG LIN
11. Tang Civil Service Examinations MANLING LUO
12. Tang Women at the Public/Private Divide MAIJA BELL SAMEI
13. Poetry and Buddhist Enlightenment: Wang Wei and Han Shan CHEN YINCHI and JING CHEN
14. Drinking Alone Beneath the Moon: Li Bai and the Poetics of Wine PAULA VARSANO
15. Du Fu: The Poet as Historian JACK W. CHEN
16. Poetry and Literati Friendship: Bai Juyi and Yuan Zhen AO WANG
17. Li He: Poetry as Obsession ROBERT ASHMORE

Acknowledgements 466
Contributors 467
Glossary-Index 474

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