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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Memory in Medieval China: Text, Ritual, and Community

Editors: 
Wendy Swartz and Robert F. Campany

Publisher:
Brill




Publication Date:
June 2018

Abstract:

Memory is not an inert container but a dynamic process. It can be structured by ritual, constrained by textual genre, and shaped by communities’ expectations and reception. Urging a particular view of the past on readers is a complex rhetorical act. The collective reception of portrayals of the past often carries weighty implications for the present and future. The essays collected in this volume investigate various aspects of memory in medieval China (ca. 100-900 CE) as performed in various genres of writing, from poetry to anecdotes, from history to tomb epitaphs. They illuminate ways in which the memory of individual persons, events, dynasties, and literary styles was constructed and revised through processes of writing and reading.

Table of Contents:

Introduction
Robert Ford Campany and Wendy Swartz

1 Artful Remembrance: Reading, Writing, and Reconstructing the Fallen State in Lu Ji’s 陸機 “Bian wang” 辨亡
Meow Hui Goh

2 Intertextuality and Cultural Memory in Early Medieval China: Jiang Yan’s Imitations of Nearly Lost and Lost Writers
Wendy Swartz

3 On Mourning and Sincerity in the Li ji and the Shishuo xinyu
Jack W. Chen

4 “Making Friends with the Men of the Past”: Literati Identity and Literary Remembering in Early Medieval China
Ping Wang

5 Yu Xin’s “Memory Palace”: Writing Trauma and Violence in Early Medieval Chinese Aulic Poetry
Xiaofei Tian

6 Structured Gaps: The Qianzi wen 千字文 and Its Paratexts as Mnemotechnics
Christopher M.B. Nugent

7 Genre and the Construction of Memory: A Case Study of Quan Deyu’s 權德輿 (759-818) Funerary Writings for Zhang Jian 張薦 (744–804)
Alexei Ditter

8 Figments of Memory: “Xu Yunfeng” and the Invention of a Historical Moment
Sarah M. Allen

9 The Mastering Voice: Text and Aurality in the Ninth-century Mediascape
Robert Ashmore

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