The matrix of lyric transformation poetic modes and self-presentation in early Chinese Pentasyllabic Poetry

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Abstract

Pentasyllabic poetry has been a focus of critical study since the appearance of the earliest works of Chinese literary criticism in the Six Dynasties period. Throughout the subsequent dynasties, traditional Chinese critics continued to examine pentasyllabic poetry as a leading poetic type and to compile various comprehensive anthologies of it.

The Matrix of Lyric Transformation enriches this tradition, using modern analytical methods to explore issues of self-expression and to trace the early formal, thematic, and generic developments of this poetic form. Beginning with a discussion of the Yüeh-fu and ku-shih genres of the Han period, Cai Zong-qi introdues the analytical framework of modes from Western literary criticism to show how the pentasyllabic poetry changed over time. He argues that changing practices of poetic composition effected a shift from a dramatic mode typical of folk compositions to a narrative mode and finally to lyric and symbolic modes developed in literati circles.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Michigan Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780472127498, 9780472901449
ISBN (Print)9780892641116, 9780472038053
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameMichigan Asian Studies Open Access Books Collection

Bibliographical note

Michigan Monographs in Chinese Studies; v.75
Open access edition funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Humanities Open Book

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    汉魏晋五言诗的演变 : 四種诗歌模式与自我呈现

    Translated title of the contribution: The matrix of lyric transformation : poetic modes and self-presentation in early Chinese pentasyllabic poetry蔡宗齐 & 陈婧 (Translator), 2015, 北京: 北京大学出版社. 240 p.

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