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The Wild and Arrogant: Expression of Self in Xin Qiji's Song Lyrics [Hardcover]

Xinda Lian

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Book Description

October 1999 0820441937 978-0820441931
Through its close reading of Xin Qiji's (1140-1207) song lyrics, this study reveals the aesthetic implications of the eccentricity of an unruly self within the Ruist tradition. Although focusing on one poet, Xinda Lian uses the entire poetic tradition as the context of his study. His analysis of the concept of «vital force» and of the friction between different literary trends sheds new light on the lingering tension in the Chinese poetic tradition. On the one hand, there exists a requirement of moral exemplariness and decorum, and on the other, lyric should be a site of personal emotion.

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«In this study of Xin Qiji, Xinda Lian revises the dominant modern Chinese view of this major twelfth-century writer of 'ci' (the song lyric) as a poet of patriotism, and cogently presents him as a poet of unruly, wild, and arrogant emotion. The book combines scholarly thoroughness with exegetical skill, providing useful insights into both Xin Qiji's song lyrics and larger issues in traditional Chinese poetics. It will be welcomed by anyone interested in classical Chinese poetry and poetics.» (Shuen-fu Lin, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, The University of Michigan)

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The Author: Xinda Lian received his Ph.D. in Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Michigan. He is currently Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Literature at Denison University.

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