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Reconsidering Tu Fu : Literary Greatness and Cultural Context - Eva Shan Chou

Reconsidering Tu Fu

Literary Greatness and Cultural Context

By: Eva Shan Chou, James R. Hightower (Foreword by)

Hardcover Published: 24th November 1995
ISBN: 9780521440394
Number Of Pages: 252

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Tu Fu is, by universal consent, the greatest poet of the Chinese tradition. In the epochal An Lu-shan rebellion, he alone of his contemporaries consistently recorded in poetry the great events and pervasive sufferings of the time. For a millennium now, Tu Fu's poetry has been accepted as epitomizing the Chinese moral conscience at its highest, and as such his work has been placed almost beyond the reach of criticism. In Reconsidering Tu Fu,Eva Shan Chou defuses these formidable problems by examining Tu Fu both as a cultural monument and a poet. She investigates the evolution of his stature as an icon and shows its continuing effect upon interpretations of Tu Fu's work. Dr Chou provides translations of many poems, both well known and obscure. Her analyses are both original in their formulation and considerate of the many fine readings of traditional commentators.

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"...very well produced...[an] excellent book. Eva Shan Chou has sorted through and straightened out questions of great complexity and done so with admirable intelligence." Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies "...the author introduces some new analytical concepts that enhance understanding and appreciation of Tu Fu's poems. The result is a fresh and innovative look at some familiar verses. Chou's original, insightful, and comprehensive criticism focuses on the poems rather than on theoretical dogma. This is the most important study on Tu Fu to appear in many years. Even Chinese literature experts will profit from reading it. Highly recommended for all collections of traditional Chinese poetry." Choice "Chou takes a critical look at the construction of cultural forces that enthrones Tu Fu's work in such universal esteem. She also provides an analytical treatment of the poetry which technical poetics has rarely attempted before." The Reader's Review

The Legacy of Tu Fu
Historical background and biography
The cultural legacy
The poetic legacy
Social Conscience: Compassion and Topicality in the Poetry
Subject matter
Stylized realism
Juxtaposition I: A Structural Principle
Juxtaposition defined
Juxtaposition and other structures
Juxtaposition II: A Biographical Analogue
Conclusion: Sincerity reconsidered
Selected editions of the works of Tu Fu
Works cited
Poems by Tu Fu
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ISBN: 9780521440394
ISBN-10: 0521440394
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 24th November 1995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.48