The City as Nature: Textual Geographies and urban Space in Eleventh-Century China
de Pee, Christian - University of Michigan

2011-11-10 16:11:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Tisch Hall Room 1014
Duration: 01:51:00

In eleventh-century china, the city emerged into writing, not as a creation of human artifice, but as an extension of nature. People filled the streets at sunrise and retired at sunset, goods circulated in accordance with the seasons, and the city flourished and faded in an annual cycle of festivals. By expanding the spatial orientation of inherited genres and by devising new literary forms, authors accomodated the cityscape on the written page. Analysis of these shifting textual geographies yeilds insights into broad cultural transformations, while it maintains the historical connection between writing and urban experience, and between text and urban space.

Introduction by Ron Suny, Director of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies

 

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