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The introduction of writing enables new forms of literature, but these can be invisible in works that survive as manuscripts. Through looking at inscriptions of poetry on garbage and as graffiti, we can glimpse how literature spread along with writing.
This study uses these lesser-studied sources, including inscriptions on pottery, architecture, and especially wooden tablets known as mokkan, to uncover how poetry, and literature more broadly, was used, shared and thrown away in early Japan. Through looking at these disposable and informal sources, we explore the development of early Japanese literature, and even propose parallels to similar developments in other societies across space and time.
A Traditional Song Text from Guangxi in Southern China
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This is an annotated edition of a traditional song text, written in the Zhuang character script. The Brigands’ Song is part of a living tradition, sung antiphonally by two male and two female singers. The song is probably unique in presenting the experiences of ordinary men and women during wartime in pre-modern China. The narrative relates how the men are sent off to war, fighting as native troops on behalf of the Chinese imperial armies. The song dates from the Ming dynasty and touches on many topics of historical significance, such as the use of firearms and other operational details.
In: The Brigands' Song: Serving in the Army of A Native Chieftain
In: The Brigands' Song: Serving in the Army of A Native Chieftain
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In: The Brigands' Song: Serving in the Army of A Native Chieftain
In: The Brigands' Song: Serving in the Army of A Native Chieftain
In: The Brigands' Song: Serving in the Army of A Native Chieftain
In: The East Asian Modern Girl
In: The East Asian Modern Girl
In: The East Asian Modern Girl