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Institute for Chinese Studies Brown Bag Workshop: "How to Work with Literary Texts from the Yuan Dynasty"


Friday, January 31, 2020, 12:30PM - 2:00PM


The Institute for Chinese Studies presents a brown bag workshop, "How to Work with Literary Texts from the Yuan Dynasty" with Wenbo Chang from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Patricia Sieber from Ohio State.

In recent scholarship, the understanding of the Yuan dynasty within the broader historiography of imperial China has shifted rather dramatically. In contrast to a simple reduction of the Yuan dynasty as a "foreign" or "alien" entity, scholars have reexamined Yuan China as a key player within the Eurasian networks of different Mongol regimes (Allsen 1987; 1997; 2001; 2006), as a multilingual empire that hybridized forms of steppe and Central Asian culture with the institutions of a Chinese imperial dynasty (Brose 2007, Rossabi 2013), and as a central force in the Song-Yuan-Ming transition (Smith and van Glahn 2010). However, the assessment of the literary production of the period has yet to fully engage this "new Yuan historiography." In this workshop, we will explore some of the methodological challenges in working with literary sources from the Yuan and later periods, with particular attention to the song genre of sanqu. Everyone is welcome to share work-in-progress on sanqu and other literary forms from the Yuan period. 

This event is free and open to the public.

Location : To Be Announced
Contact : East Asian Studies Center

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