Authorship and Cultural Identity in Early Greece and China: Patterns of Literary Circulation by Alexander BeecroftAuthorship and Cultural Identity in Early Greece and China: Patterns of Literary Circulation by Alexander Beecroft

Authorship and Cultural Identity in Early Greece and China: Patterns of Literary Circulation

byAlexander Beecroft

Hardcover | January 25, 2010

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In this book, Alexander Beecroft explores how the earliest poetry in Greece (Homeric epic and lyric) and China (the Canon of Songs) evolved from being local, oral, and anonymous to being textualized, interpreted, and circulated over increasingly wider areas. Beecroft re-examines representations of authorship as found in poetic biographies such as Lives of Homer and the Zuozhuan, and in the works of other philosophical and historical authors like Plato, Aristotle, Herodotus, Confucius, and Sima Qian. Many of these anecdotes and narratives have long been rejected as spurious or motivated by naïve biographical criticism. Beecroft argues that these texts effectively negotiated the tensions between local and pan-cultural audiences. The figure of the author thus served as a catalyst to a sense of shared cultural identity in both the Greek and Chinese worlds. It also facilitated the emergence of both cultures as the bases for cosmopolitan world orders.
Title:Authorship and Cultural Identity in Early Greece and China: Patterns of Literary CirculationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:338 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.98 inPublished:January 25, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521194318

ISBN - 13:9780521194310

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Explicit poetics in Greece and China: points of divergence and convergence; 2. Epic authorship: the Lives of Homer, textuality, and panhellenism; 3. Lyric authorship: poetry, genre, and the polis; 4. Authorship between epic and lyric: stesichorus, the Palinode, and performance; 5. Death and lingerie: cosmopolitan and panhuaxia readings of the Airs of the States; 6. Summit at Fei: the poetics of diplomacy in the Zouzhuan; 7. The politics of dancing: the Great King Wu dance and the Hymns of Zhou; Conclusion: scenes of authorship and master-narratives.