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Southern Identity and Southern Estrangement in Medieval Chinese Poetry$
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Ping Wang and Nicholas Morrow Williams

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139262

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139262.001.0001

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Southern Metal and Feather Fan

Southern Metal and Feather Fan

The “Southern Consciousness” of Lu Ji

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Southern Identity and Southern Estrangement in Medieval Chinese Poetry

David R. Knechtges

Hong Kong University Press

Expanding on Lin Wen-yueh’s seminal work on “Southern Consciousness” as reflected in the works of two third century poets Lu Ji and Pan Yue, this chapter demonstrates that Lu Ji retained a strong sense of southern identity as a scion of the state of Wu. In addition to a number of Lu Ji’swell-known pieces, this chapter calls attention to Lu Ji’sfu on the “feather fan,” a unique product of the Wu region. The author concludes that there were many southern cultures such as the old Chu culture, the Min culture of Fujian, the Yue culture of Guangdong and Guangxi, and finally the Wu culture of Jiangsu. Lu Ji’s identity and consciousness are rooted in Wu traditions, and local products such as the feather fanserved as a means to represent his regional identity.

Keywords:   Lu Ji, Southern Consciousness, regional identity, Wu, feather fan

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