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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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From Conservatism to Romanticism

From Conservatism to Romanticism

Wine and Prose-Writing from Pre-Qin to Jin

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(p.15) 2 From Conservatism to Romanticism
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Scribes of Gastronomy
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Tak Kam Chan

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888139972.003.0004

This chapter explores the uniqueness of wine within the trope of food literature by charting the changing prosaic conceptualization of this substance from the pre-Qin era to Wei-Jin period. By observing the way wine in Pre-Qin prose is mostly alluded to in a restrictive manner and in association with the aristocracy's sacrificial rites and social feasts, it notes the existence of a clear moral censure of over-drinking, which changed in Han times when wine drinking became a common activity among the literati class. Although moral censure retained its influence throughout this transition, wine increasingly took up the role of an intensifier of sensations or a reliever of sorrow and worries in poetry. The positive perception of wine culminated in its synonymity with spiritual independence in the Wei-Jin era.

Keywords:   Wei-Jin period, Han Dynasty, Wine prose, Moral censure, Culture, Food, Literature, China

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