Writing Against The State: Political Rhetorics In Third And Fourth Century China Dominik Declercq

ISBN: 9789004103764

Published: July 22nd 1998

Hardcover

434 pages


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Writing Against The State: Political Rhetorics In Third And Fourth Century China  by  Dominik Declercq

Writing Against The State: Political Rhetorics In Third And Fourth Century China by Dominik Declercq
July 22nd 1998 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 434 pages | ISBN: 9789004103764 | 10.59 Mb

This book is about the tension between de facto political power and the claims to intellectual and moral leadership of the shi (gentleman class) in Early Medieval China. Shelun, or Hypothetical Discourse, is a hitherto neglected ChineseMoreThis book is about the tension between de facto political power and the claims to intellectual and moral leadership of the shi (gentleman class) in Early Medieval China.

Shelun, or Hypothetical Discourse, is a hitherto neglected Chinese literary genre. The author for the first time places the surviving texts against the political background that accounts for its rise and decline in early medieval China. Comprehensively annotated translations of seven Hypothetical Discourses are placed in the context of their authors lives and times, with an emphasis on the post-Han examples of the genre.

This thorough study gives insight into this subgenre of fu by which the world of the Chinese gentleman class finds an always ambiguous expression in the rhyme-prose texts under review.



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