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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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Farther South

Farther South

Jiang Yan in Darkest Fujian

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Southern Identity and Southern Estrangement in Medieval Chinese Poetry

Paul W. Kroll

Hong Kong University Press

Jiang Yan (444–505), the most important poet active in the final years of the Liu-Song dynasty and the first few years of the succeeding Qi dynasty, spent the years between 474 and 477 rusticated to what is today Fujian province. In his many compositions in various genres that date to this period, Jiang Yan expresses dismay and even terror at the unfamiliarity of the region. These works are a fascinating indication of how alien Fujian province seemed even during the “Southern” Dynasties. Eventually, though, Jiang grew accommodated to the alien climate and landscape, particularly in his retrospective writings after he returned to the capital.

Keywords:   Jiang Yan, exile, Fujian, fu

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