Introduction: Emotion, Patterning, and Visuality in Chinese Literary Thought and Beyond

Zong-Qi CAI, Shengqing WU

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Emotion or qing 情 has been identified at the core of Chinese thinking about literature, such that “lyrical tradition” becomes an encompassing concept for many to distinguish Chinese literary tradition from its Western counterpart.1 In Chinese literary thought, emotion is consistently conceptualized through verbal patterning and visual manifestation. This convergence has become synonymous with poetry making: emotion externalizes itself in patterned sounds and words, and this language patterning in turn gives rise to visual manifestations, whether in the play of music, the spectacle of dance, or an image of the external worlds of man and nature. Perhaps in no other critical tradition can we find a conception of poetry making so consistently and thoroughly grounded in such a dynamic interplay and merging of emotion, verbal patterning, and visualization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Chinese Literature and Culture
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019


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