Senses of the City: Perceptions of Hangzhou and Southern Song China, 1127-1279 by Joseph S. LamSenses of the City: Perceptions of Hangzhou and Southern Song China, 1127-1279 by Joseph S. Lam

Senses of the City: Perceptions of Hangzhou and Southern Song China, 1127-1279

EditorJoseph S. Lam, Shuen-fu Lin, Christian de Pee

Hardcover | July 25, 2017

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The city of Hangzhou symbolized all of the contradictions of the declining Song Empire (960-1279). It was paramount and feeble, awe-inspiring and threatened, the most admired city and a disgrace to its dynastic founders. Rather than debate the merit of these polemical judgments, the contributors to this volume treat them as expressions of their historical moment, reflecting ideological convictions and aesthetic preferences.

Leading scholars of the field, including Beverly Bossler, Stephen West, and Martin Powers, have produced essays that relate changes in literary convention to shifts in territorial boundaries, and analyze writing, painting, dance, and music as means by which individual literati placed themselves in time and space. The contributors re-establish the historical connections between writing and meaningful action, between text and world, between the sources and their own words, and between the page and the senses. Their efforts to retrieve the sounds, sights, and smells of Hangzhou from Southern Song texts replicate, in reverse direction, the attempts of twelfth- and thirteenth-century authors to devise effective tropes and suitable genres that would preserve their living impressions of the city in writing.

Joseph S. C. Lam is professor of musicology at the University of Michigan. His publications include Kunqu, the Classical Opera of Globalized China (forthcoming), Historical Studies on Song Dynasty Music: Theories and Narratives (in Chinese, 2012), and State Sacrifices and Music in Ming China: Creativity, Orthodoxy and Expressiveness (...
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Title:Senses of the City: Perceptions of Hangzhou and Southern Song China, 1127-1279Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:July 25, 2017Publisher:The Chinese University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9629967863

ISBN - 13:9789629967864

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By integrating work by cultural historians, literary scholars, historical musicologists, and art historians, Senses of the City has initiated a paradigm shift in how the next generation of sinologists will conceive of the lived experience of urban life in pre-modern China, as mediated through various literary genres and visual cultures.