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Reading Du Fu: Nine Views

Xiaofei Tian


This is the first collection of English essays on Du Fu, commonly regarded the greatest Chinese poet. Contributed by well-known experts of Chinese literature as well as scholars of a younger generation, these essays are engaged in historically nuanced close reading of Du Fu’s poems, both canonical and less known, from new angles and in various contexts. They discuss a series of critical issues, including the local and the imperial; the body politic and the individual body; poetry and geography; perspectives on the complicated relation of religion and literature; materiality and contemporary re ... More

Keywords: Du Fu, Tang poetry, local culture, empire, Buddhism, reception, poetry and geography, tradition and modernity, religion and literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9789888528448
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888528448.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Xiaofei Tian, editor
Harvard University

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Xiaofei Tian

Section I Home, Locale, Empire

1 Foundings of Home

Jack W. Chen

3 History Channels

Gregory Patterson

4 Ironic Empires

Lucas Rambo Bender

Section II Poetry and Buddhism

6 Feeding the Phoenix

Xiaofei Tian

Section III Reception and Re-creation

7 Sources of Difficulty

Christopher M. B. Nugent