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The Shaping of the Book of Songs
From Ritualization to Secularization

ISBN 9783805005418
Published July 7, 2007 by Routledge
380 Pages

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Book Description

The present work is a study on the formation of the Shih-ching. The author poses the hypothesis that this collection of poems, as the standard music and literature passed down to later generations, initially incorporated different cultural heritages through a process which moved from ritualization to secularization, as well as standardization to localization.

In aiming to find the origins of the division of the Shih-ching into sections and subsections and their titles, as "Nan," "Feng," "Ya," and "Sung," the author employs an interdisciplinary methodology, combining ethno-musicological methods with paleography, philology, and archaeology. He draws on new archaeological data of the past two decades that has shed new light on the Shih-ching.

Table of Contents

Chapter I

The State of the Field and the Methodological Concern

Chapter II

Yung 庸, Sung 頌 and Sunng 誦: Sacrificial Musical Works Performed in the Shang House

Chapter III

The Standardization of the Ya Music

Chapter IV

A Paleographic Analysis of Nan and Its Significance for Interpreting the Meaning of the "Nan" Section of the Book of Songs

Chapter V

The Localization of the Conception of Ya: The Revival of Shang Musical Elegance

Chapter VI

Towards a Conclusion


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