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Letters and Epistolary Culture in Early Medieval China
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This first book-length study in Chinese or any Western language of personal letters and letter-writing in premodern China focuses on the earliest period (ca. 3rd-6th cent. CE) with a sizeable body of surviving correspondence. Along with the translation and analysis of many representative letters, Antje Richter explores the material culture of letter writing (writing supports and utensils, envelopes and seals, the transportation of finished letters) and letter-writing conventions (vocabulary, textual patterns, topicality, creativity).

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-13
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  1. Part One. Materials and Concepts of Letter Writing
  2. pp. 15-15
  1. Chapter One. Materiality and Terminology
  2. pp. 17-43
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  1. Chapter Two. Letters and Literary Thought
  2. pp. 44-71
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  1. Part Two. Epistolary Conventions and Literary Individuality
  2. pp. 73-73
  1. Chapter Three. Structures and Phrases
  2. pp. 75-116
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  1. Chapter Four. Topoi
  2. pp. 117-138
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  1. Chapter Five. Normativity and Authenticity
  2. pp. 139-149
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 151-154
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 155-195
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 197-218
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  1. Glossary- Index
  2. pp. 219-235
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