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Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series 129

Wang Anshi and Song Poetic Culture

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$65.00 • £52.95 • €58.50

ISBN 9780674262904

Publication Date: 11/16/2021


  • Acknowledgements
  • Abbreviations
  • Note to the Reader
  • Introduction
  • 1. “Song of Brilliant Lady”: The Lure and Peril of Contrarianism
    • Genesis
    • The Moral Problematics
    • The Impossible Defense
    • The Matching Poems
    • Contrarian Personality and Contrarian Poetics
  • 2. Tradition and Individuality in Tang baijia shixuan
    • The Making of the Anthology
    • The Intentionality Theory
    • The Circumstance Theory
    • The Availability of Tang Masters
    • The Quality of the Selections
    • The Prefatory Claim
    • The Anthological Tradition
  • 3. Late Style
    • The Canonization of Du Fu
    • Chronology, Periodization, and Stylistic Evolution
    • The Discursive Rise of Late Style
    • The Counterdiscourse
    • The Repudiation of Juvenility and the Elevation of Lateness
    • Toward the Wang Anshi Style
    • A Cross-Cultural Reflection
  • 4. From Cold Mountain to Bell Mountain: An Excursion into Poetic Buddhism
    • A Typology of Hanshan’s Poetry
    • From Allusion to Imitation
    • A New Direction
    • Mindscaping Bell Mountain
  • 5. “Hard to Trust You”: Generic Convention and Partisan Politics
    • Authorship and Meaning
    • The Minister and His Emperor
    • The Abandoned Woman in Chinese Poetry
    • From the Poetry of Politics to the Politics of Poetry
  • 6. Epilogue: Positioning Wang Anshi in Song Poetic History
  • 7. Conclusion
  • Works Cited
  • Index

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