Six Dynasties Parallel Prose: Descriptive and Expository

Zong-qi CAI*

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In Chinese prose studies, "parallel prose (pianwen), along with its appellation "Four-Six (siliu), in the only form-based genre designation, it so so elastic that it has been applied broadly to all Han and post-Han prose works that employ a preponderance of four-and-six-character lines, or narrowly to Qi-Liang (479-577 CE) and later prose that meticulously couples four-and six-character lines in varying modules. This genre exploits correspondence between couples lines on multiple levels - rhythmic, semantic, syntactic, allusive, and tonal correspondence - to increase descriptive or discursive power.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHow to Read Chinese Prose : A Guided Anthology
EditorsZong-qi CAI
PublisherColumbia University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780231555166
ISBN (Print)9780231203647, 9780231203654
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022


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