Zurück zur Übersicht Kalenderwoche 9: Montag, 25.02.2019 bis Sonntag, 03.03.2019


18.00 Uhr

Xi shuai (Cricket) and Its Consequences

Issues in Early Chinese Poetry and Textual Studies

Prof. Dr. Martin Kern, Princeton University, Department of East Asian Studies

Martin Kern

Martin Kern

The lecture explores questions about the composition, performance, circulation, and transmission of early Chinese poetry. Instead of taking individual poems as discrete, reified objects in the form we encounter them in the Mao Shi, it is suggested to read them as particular instantiations of circumscribed repertoires where the individual poetic text is but one of many realizations of a shared body of ideas and expressions. This analysis is informed by the examination of both manuscript texts and the received literature, but also by comparative perspectives gained from both medieval Chinese literature and other ancient and medieval literary traditions. In emphasizing the formation of poetry as a continuous process, it leaves behind notions of “the original text,” authorship, and the moment of “original composition”—notions that held no prominence in the early Chinese literary tradition before the empire.


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