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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 4:30 PM
CHINA COLLOQUIUM SERIES
Reading, Writing, and Intertextuality in Early Medieval China: The Case of Sun Chuo
Wendy Swartz - Associate Professor of Chinese Literature, Rutgers University
Room 312, Hall of Graduate Studies (HGS), 320 York Street
The Council on East Asian Studies China Colloquium Series is generously supported by the Edward H. Hume Memorial Lectureship Fund.
Any study of reading and writing practices in early medieval China must consider the issue of intertextuality. During the third and fourth centuries, the Chinese literati drew extensively from a set of philosophical classics, in particular Laozi, Zhuangzi, and Yijing (later referred to collectively as the Three Mysterious Texts 三玄), and their respective commentaries, to express their positions in conversation or in writing on major issues ranging from politics to nature to human behavior. Understanding the early history of reading in China involves not only tracking what was read and the manner in which it was read (aloud or silent, leisurely or intensely), but also probing into how the texts were interpreted and appropriated. A text’s readability is perhaps best demonstrated by its iterability (capacity for repetition): re-using a text makes an unequivocal statement about having understood its meaning. Writing well, like reading well, meant demonstrating a command of the textual tradition and cultural codes, and the ability to appropriate them. In this way, intertextuality constituted equally a condition of writing as well as a mode of reading in early medieval China. My paper focuses on the writings of Sun Chuo, a leading poet of the time, to explore the ways in which classical texts were read, quoted, and appropriated.
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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 9:00 AM
MAPPING JAPANESE HISTORY: SPACE POWER, REPRESENTATION
Room 203, Henry R. Luce Hall, 34 Hillhouse Avenue
A workshop organized by the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University in conjunction with the Todai-Yale Initiative, and with the generous support of the Friends of Todai, Inc.
9:00-10:30am “Law and Governance in Early Modern Japan—With Special Reference to Mapping and Spatiality”. Special Lecture by Professor SUGIMOTO Fumiko, Historiographical Institute, Tokyo University. LECTURE IN JAPANESE ONLY.
10:30-10:50am Coffee Break
10:50-11:30am “Mind Maps and Land Maps”, Professor Ronald P. Toby, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne
11:30-12:10pm “Corporate Land Tenure: A GIS Assessment”, Professor Philip C. Brown, The Ohio State University
1:40-2:20pm “Politics and Panoramic Views” (Ichiranzu no seijigaku), Professor Henry D. Smith III, Columbia University
2:20-3:00pm “Current events and Bird’s eye Views”, Professor SUGIMOTO Fumiko, Tokyo University
3:00-3:20pm Coffee Break
3:20-4:20pm “Cartographic Japan: An Introduction”, Professors Kären Wigen, Stanford University, and Cary Karacas, City University of New York
4:20-5:00pm Final discussion
Please email Jessica Chin at jessica.chin[at]yale.edu to request copies of the papers that will be discussed.