literary history

Thoughts on Literary History II

The narrative structure of literary history compels us into particular assumptions, in particular, with the assumption of an originary moment.  Such concerns are to be found throughout traditional Chinese discourses on literature, as well as in their modern, literary historical heirs.  For example, I've just finished teaching the section on Han, Wei, and Western Jin poetry in my literary hist

Thoughts on literary history I

I am teaching a graduate course this quarter on premodern Chinese literary history that begins with the so-called "Confucian Classics" (10th to 6th centuries BC) and ends sometime around the early eleventh century AD, with the emergence of the genre of ci  ("song-lyric").