Letters and Epistolary Culture in Early Medieval China
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Washington Press
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Cao Pi’s “Disquisitions on Literature” on Letters as a Genre 45The Absence of Letters in Lu Ji’s “Rhapsody on Literature” 48...
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This book has been in the making for more than a decade, but the debts I have accumulated while reading and writing about personal letters from early medieval China go back even further. My awareness of the genre and its literary and intellectual riches was raised during my studies in Munich (1989–98), where letters first turned up in Wolf-...
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...—liu xie, The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons (Wenxin diaolong)Having grown up in the 1960s and 1970s, in a country where tele-phones were rare, I learned to consider mail as something that may hold great importance for my life. I vividly recall letters I received—longed for or arriving out of the blue—as well as letters I wrote ...
pa rt oneMaterials and Conceptsof Letter Writing
cha p t er on eMateriality and Terminology
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The materiality of letters is more pronounced than that of many other genres. Not only do letters depend on a specific, highly conventional, and immediately recognizable tangible form—usually a piece of writ-ing in a sealed envelope; they also need to undergo the often cumber-some procedure of transmission from writer to addressee. All these ...
cha p t er twoLetters and Literary Thought
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The others think, this time [the letter writer] has entered the stage stark naked. But in fact he is still wearing a flesh-colored, tight-fitting dress and even a brassiere, something he normally should never put on.別人以為他這回是赤條條的上場了罷，他其實還是穿著肉色緊身小衫褲，甚至於用了平常决不應用的奶罩。...
pa rt twoEpistolary Conventionsand Literary Individuality
chap t er thr e eStructures and Phrases
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Letter, considering my want of Materials. But, like my dear Dr. The particular tripartite composition that emerges in letters all over the world has often been compared to the similar structure of a con-versation or an oration, which both also start with a salutation and an introductory part, then turn to the relevant core information and ...
cha p t er fourTopoi
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It is long since I received a letter from you. You will allege, perhaps, you have nothing to write: but let me have the satisfaction at least of seeing it under your hand, or tell me merely in the good old style of exordium, “If you are well, I am so.” I shall be contented even with that; as indeed that single circumstance from a friend includes ...
chap t er f i v eNormativity and Authenticity
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I had (and have all my life) observed that conventional phrases are a sort of fireworks, easily let off, and liable to take a great variety of The easily recognizable homogeneity of personal letters written in a certain culture and during a certain period suggests that letter writ-ing has been a highly regulated form of communication since the ear-...
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It is an enlightening experience to read letters from early medieval China at a time when the modes of personal communication are going through changes whose magnitude and ramifications are not yet fore-seeable. Paper and ink are largely abandoned, as is the rest of the material culture of letter writing, to be replaced by the completely dif-...
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Kafka, Letters to Milena, 18. In German, the passage reads: “Was meinen Sie? kann ich noch bis Sonntag einen Brief bekommen? Möglich wäre es schon. Aber es ist unsinnig, diese Lust an Briefen. Genügt nicht ein einziger, genügt nicht ein Wissen? Gewiß genügt es, aber trotzdem lehnt man sich weit zurück und trinkt die Briefe und weiß nichts als daß man nicht aufhören will ...
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Altman, Janet Gurkin. Epistolarity: Approaches to a Form. Columbus: Ohio Aristotle. On Poetics. Translated by Seth Benardete and Michael Davis. Bagnall, Roger S., and Raffaella Cribiore, eds. Women’s Letters from Ancient Egypt, 300 BC–AD 800. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Bai Qianshen. “Chinese Letters: Private Words Made Public.” In The ...
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References to individual letters, their writers, and addressees indicate the pages of the main text that quote or discuss this letter. In some cases the indexed term itself does ...
Page Count: 245
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Modern Language Initiative / China Program Book