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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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Jiangnan from the Ninth Century On

Jiangnan from the Ninth Century On

The Routinization of Desire

(p.189) 8 Jiangnan from the Ninth Century On
Southern Identity and Southern Estrangement in Medieval Chinese Poetry

Stephen Owen

Hong Kong University Press

When the South ceased to be a political center around the turn of the seventh century, the Southern textual world almost completely displaced the Northern textual legacy. For the Tang Jiangnan survived as a textual presence that was “displaced,” unless one went there as a traveler or on temporary assignment; the ruling elite was, by and large, Northern. Jiangnan became the textually imagined world of desire that was, in most cases, not one’s native home. In Song dynasty ci lyrics the South is evoked as an abstract representation of a desired homeland.

Keywords:   Jiangnan, homecoming, XieTiao, Cen Shen, Bai Juyi, Song ci, Zhou Bangyan, Su Shi

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