The Assimilation and Dissimilation of Fu and Shi Poetry up to the Tang Dynasty

Zhangcan Cheng, Chok Meng Chan

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THE INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP between fu and shi poetry, whose mutual influence has been so important throughout the history of the genres, cannot be neglected. The two genres started out with distinct definitions, motivations, and contexts, but they frequently assimilated to one another; and yet a countervailing trend of dissimilation also led each genre to assert its independence after all. This chapter aims to shed light on this dynamic by tracing its development through different historical periods in early medieval China, and thus, to reveal the mutual influence and distinction between the fu and shi genres.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Fu Genre of Imperial China
Subtitle of host publicationStudies in the Rhapsodic Imagination
EditorsNicholas Morrow Williams
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781641893336
ISBN (Print)9781641893312
Publication statusPublished - 30 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameEast Meets West: East Asia and Its Periphery from 200 BCE to 1600 CE - ARC


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