Fu genre of Imperial China : studies in the rhapsodic imagination, The
Fu Chinese poetry imperial China late imperial Chinese literature medieval Chinese literature rhapsody
Arc Humanities Press 2019EISBN 1641893338
This is the first book in English to examine the fu, one of China's oldest and culturally central literary forms, from its origins up to the late imperial era. Fu poems are highly revealing sources for understanding the culture, society, and politics of their periods, and in this volume eleven essays by prominent scholars treat the fu from four major perspectives: its original use in court recitation; as a poetic genre with distinctive formal features; as a vehicle of philosophical inquiry; and as a major mode of political expression.