Nobody’s Genre, Everybody’s Song: Sanqu Songs and the Expansion of the Literary Sphere in Yuan China

@article{Sieber2014NobodysGE,
  title={Nobody’s Genre, Everybody’s Song: Sanqu Songs and the Expansion of the Literary Sphere in Yuan China},
  author={Patricia Sieber},
  journal={Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture},
  year={2014},
  volume={1},
  pages={29 - 64}
}
  • Patricia Sieber
  • Published 2014
  • History
  • Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture
  • This article examines two key texts from early fourteenth-century Hangzhou to explore how they shaped the process of textualization of a new genre, the so-called sanqu songs. The article argues that both of these texts, the seminal anthology of the genre, the Yangchun baixue, and the first biographical compendium, the Lugui bu, sought to uncouple social status from literary reputation to varying degrees. The article suggests that the anthology made a case for a universalist poetic practice open… CONTINUE READING

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