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Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series 96

One Who Knows Me

Friendship and Literary Culture in Mid-Tang China

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$49.95 • £39.95 • €45.00

ISBN 9780674504370

Publication Date: 04/13/2015


  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Figuring Friendship
  • 1. Contexts for Friendship in Mid-Tang Literary Culture
    • The Discourse of Friendship
    • Historical Patterns
    • Social and Cultural Contexts
  • 2. Building Networks: Friendship, Patronage, and Celebrity
    • Seeking a Patron: Writing for the zhiji
    • Selling Meng Jiao: Friendship and Patronage
    • Becoming Bai Juyi: Friendship and Celebrity
  • 3. Responding in Kind: Friendship and Poetic Exchange
    • Mid-Tang Perspectives on Poetic Exhange and Friendship
    • Collaboration and Competition: The Linked Verses of Han Yu and Meng Jiao
    • Contesting the Past: The Nostalgic Exchanges of Bai Juyi and Yuan Zhen
  • 4. To Know and Be Known: The Epistemology of Friendship
    • Epistemological Dimensions of Letters to Friends
    • Understanding: Using the Knowledge of Friendship
    • Misunderstanding: Negotiating Criticism and Conflict
    • Coda: In the Absence of Knowledge
  • 5. For the Dead and the Living: Performing Friendship after Death
    • Funerary Inscriptions for Friends
    • Offering Texts and the Performance of Friendship
    • Writing the Life and Death of Han Yu
  • Conclusion
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index

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