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Article: Literary controversy at the liang court revisited

TitleLiterary controversy at the liang court revisited
Authors
KeywordsLiang dynasty
Literary criticism
Xiao Yi
Xiao Tong
Xiao gang
Issue Date2015
Citation
Early Medieval China, 2015, v. 2015, n. 21, p. 63-92 How to Cite?
Abstract© Early Medieval China Group 2015.The literary thought of the Liang dynasty (502-557) has occasioned considerable debate in recent years. The fulcrum of discussion in Chinese and Western scholarly circles is a half-century-old article in which Zhou Xunchu presented a tripartite classification for Liang literary thought. In 2007, Tian Xiaofei argued that Zhou had overstated the degree of disagreement at the Liang court, and claimed instead that Liang writers agreed on most literary principles. On reexamination, Zhou's scheme certainly oversimplifies the Liang literary scene, and there is room for disagreement about individuals and the content of the three schools. But close reading of primary texts by three Liang princes confirms the existence of real controversy as well, particularly with regard to the direction of literary change and the proper balance of classical scholarship and belles lettres. This article addresses the question in a new way by translating key primary sources, either in entirety or in substantial extracts. The principal texts translated are two letters to Xiao Yi (508-555) from his older brothers Xiao Gang (503-551) and Xiao Tong (501-531), as well as some revealing quotations from Xiao Yi himself. These texts collectively substantiate Zhou's general thesis, while individually indicating some important corrections to it as well.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/233866
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2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.103

 

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dc.contributor.authorWilliams, Nicholas Morrow-
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-27T07:21:50Z-
dc.date.available2016-09-27T07:21:50Z-
dc.date.issued2015-
dc.identifier.citationEarly Medieval China, 2015, v. 2015, n. 21, p. 63-92-
dc.identifier.issn1529-9104-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/233866-
dc.description.abstract© Early Medieval China Group 2015.The literary thought of the Liang dynasty (502-557) has occasioned considerable debate in recent years. The fulcrum of discussion in Chinese and Western scholarly circles is a half-century-old article in which Zhou Xunchu presented a tripartite classification for Liang literary thought. In 2007, Tian Xiaofei argued that Zhou had overstated the degree of disagreement at the Liang court, and claimed instead that Liang writers agreed on most literary principles. On reexamination, Zhou's scheme certainly oversimplifies the Liang literary scene, and there is room for disagreement about individuals and the content of the three schools. But close reading of primary texts by three Liang princes confirms the existence of real controversy as well, particularly with regard to the direction of literary change and the proper balance of classical scholarship and belles lettres. This article addresses the question in a new way by translating key primary sources, either in entirety or in substantial extracts. The principal texts translated are two letters to Xiao Yi (508-555) from his older brothers Xiao Gang (503-551) and Xiao Tong (501-531), as well as some revealing quotations from Xiao Yi himself. These texts collectively substantiate Zhou's general thesis, while individually indicating some important corrections to it as well.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.relation.ispartofEarly Medieval China-
dc.subjectLiang dynasty-
dc.subjectLiterary criticism-
dc.subjectXiao Yi-
dc.subjectXiao Tong-
dc.subjectXiao gang-
dc.titleLiterary controversy at the liang court revisited-
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dc.identifier.volume2015-
dc.identifier.issue21-
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