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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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The Interplay of Social and Literary History

The Interplay of Social and Literary History

Tea in the Poetry of the Middle Historical Period

(p.69) 5 The Interplay of Social and Literary History
Scribes of Gastronomy

Ronald Egan

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter traces the development of poetic treatments of tea from Tang to Song, starting with its early Buddhistic associations that gradually diffused until the subject became ubiquitous in elite culture, and to attempt an assessment of the literary and cultural meanings of tea when it reached its maturity as a poetic subject during the Song dynasty.

Keywords:   Song Dynasty, Tea poetry, Elite and popular culture, Food, Literature, Culture, China

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