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Scribes of GastronomyRepresentations of Food and Drink in Imperial Chinese Literature$
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Isaac Yue and Siufu Tang

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139972

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139972.001.0001

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Food and the Literati

Food and the Literati

The Gastronomic Discourse of Imperial Chinese Literature

(p.1) 1 Food and the Literati
Scribes of Gastronomy

Siufu Tang

Isaac Yue

Hong Kong University Press

The representation of gastronomy has a long tradition in China as one of its most distinguished and cherished heritages. Whether it is Su Shi's gourmet search for the perfect taste or Cao Xueqin's elaboration of the delicacies in The Dream of the Red Chamber, the unique appeal of food demonstrates its special cultural significance and influence in Chinese society. By briefly discussing the representations of food in Imperial Chinese literature from a historio-cultural perspective, the purpose of the chapter is to provide an introduction for the exploration of the manifold literary, artistic representations and cultural and historical implications of food in Imperial China.

Keywords:   Wine prose, Moral censure, Culture, Food, Literature, China

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