Elevation of belles lettres

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Abstract

Although literature was produced in the earliest eras of Chinese civilization, it remained for a very long time as part of historical, philosophical, or different forms of practical discourses. It was not until after the Han that the Chinese began to discuss the intrinsic aesthetic value of literature, to advocate and institutionalize literary pursuits for their own sake, and to confer a respectable social status upon literary writers. Particularity remembered for such endeavors to elevate belles lettres are three brothers of the ruling family of the Liang dynasty: Xiao Tong (501-531), Xiao Gang (503-551), and Xiao Yi (508-554).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHawaii reader in traditional Chinese culture
PublisherUniversity of Hawaii Press
Pages282-287
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780824827854
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005
Externally publishedYes

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