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Seven Lectures on Wang Guowei’s Renjian Cihua

1st Edition

By Florence Chia-Ying Yeh


168 pages

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Renjian Cihua is a masterpiece in literary criticism written by Wang Guowei, a famous master in the study of Chinese classics. It is also one of the most influential academic works in China from the late Qing Dynasty to the present. This masterpiece is written in elegant language. As its approach of interpretation retains the traditional Chinese imagery criticism that focuses on feeling and insight, it is hard for common readers to understand.

This book contains two parts. The first part is the content of the lectures given by Florence Chia-ying Yeh. The author explains to readers with accessible, graceful and refined language the famous theory on "artistic conceptions" in Renjian Cihua, the difference between Shi and Ci, two genres of classical Chinese poetry, in aesthetic traits, and the Ci poems of famous Ci poets in various dynasties. The second part is the original text of Renjian Cihua.

Table of Contents

Translator’s preface

Lecture 1 Wang Guowei, the Ci Genre, and the notion of Jingjie

Lecture 2 Distinctives of the Ci cenre, part I

Lecture 3 Layers of meaning in the Ci: double gender, double context

Lecture 4 Distinctives of the Ci genre, part II: major poets of the late Tang and Five Dynasties: Wen Tingyun and Wei Zhuang

Lecture 5 Major poets of the late Tang and Five Dynasties: Wen Tingyun and Feng Yansi

Lecture 6 Major poets of the Five Dynasties and Song: Li Yu, Liu Yong, and Su Shi

Lecture 7 Reflections on Ci aesthetics and Ci criticism

Works Cited

Appendix: Relevant passages from the Renjian cihua in Chinese


About the Author

Florence Chia-ying Yeh is a professor at the University of British Columbia in Canada, a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and a famous master in the study of Chinese ancient literature. Masterpieces include Seventeen Lectures on the Ci Poetry of Tang and Song Dynasties, Great Elegance in Ci Poetry, and Lectures on the Qiuxing Eight Poems by Du Fu.

About the Series

China Perspectives

The China Perspectives series focuses on translating and publishing works by leading Chinese scholars, writing about both global topics and China-related themes. It covers Humanities & Social Sciences, Education, Media and Psychology, as well as many interdisciplinary themes.

This is the first time that any of these books have been translated into English for international readers. The series aims to put forward a Chinese perspective, give insights into cutting-edge academic thinking in China, and inspire researchers globally.


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