The City of Ye in the Chinese Literary Landscape

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In The City of Ye in the Chinese Literary Landscape, Joanne Tsao demonstrates how the city of Ye changed from an iconic space that represented Cao Cao’s heroic enterprise to a symbol of the fruitlessness of human endeavour, and then finally to a literary landmark, a synecdoche for the vicissitudes of human life caught in the predictable cycles of dynastic rise and decline. Through a close reading of literary works on Ye, she illustrates how the city transformed from a lived to imaginative space to become a symbol in the poetic lexicon.
Making use of literary and historical texts on Ye and its material remains through the Song and beyond she shows the potency of place as a generative force in literary production and in historical discourse.

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Biographical Note
Joanne Tsao, Ph.D. teaches at Arizona State University. She has published translation and articles, including “The Creation of the Bronze Bird Terrace-scape in the Northern and Southern Dynasties Period” ( Early Medieval China 23 (2017).
Readership
All scholars and students interested in premodern Chinese literature, culture, history, place and memory studies.
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