The early philosophical discourse on language and reality and Lu Ji's and Liu Xie's theories of literary creation

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This paper is an attempt to investigate how Lu Ji and Liu Xie develop their theories of literary creation on the foundation of the early philosophical discourse on language and reality. The first part of the paper examines various key terms, concepts, and paradigms developed in the philosophical discourse. The second part pursues a close reading of Lu’s and Liu’s texts to demonstrate how ingeniously they adapt and integrate those terms, concepts, and paradigms to accomplish two important tasks: to establish a broad framework for conceptualizing literary creation and to differentiate the complex mental and linguistic endeavors at different stages of the creative process. The paper ends with some general reflections on the impact of the two essays on the subsequent development of Chinese literary and aesthetic thoughts.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)477-510
Number of pages34
JournalFrontiers of Literary Studies in China
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes



  • theories of literary creation
  • Lu Ji
  • Liu Xie
  • yi-xiang-yan (conception-image-words)

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