AAS 2018 Annual Conference

March 22-25 | Washington, D.C.

Marriott Wardman Park Hotel

Deadline for Receipt of All Proposals is August 8, 2017.

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Reevaluating the Coalescence and Evolution of Chinese Verse Forms
Last Post 29 Jul 2017 05:54 PM by David Lebovitz. 0 Replies.
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29 Jul 2017 05:54 PM
    We are currently looking for a fourth and final paper for a panel application to the 2018 AAS meeting. The panel seeks to diachronically explore the processes by which Chinese verse forms coalesce and evolve. I hope that the panel will shed light on the material, compositional, and critical practices that underlie the evolution of rhyming verse in China, and perhaps even lead us to reevaluate the bounds of “poetry” and “literature” as these terms are applied to verse forms that arise and morph throughout literary and intellectual history.

    While we may often think of shi, fu, or other categories of rhyming verse as bounded or implicitly static categories, at least two recent developments in the field have begun to erode this assumption: first, new rhyming verse texts have been found in unearthed manuscripts that defy both thematic norms and bibliographic schemes of classification; second, new meta-critical perspectives that examine processes of composition, critique, compilation, imitation, and forgery have revealed newly emerging genres as well as deflections in the prototypical theme, topic and form of readily identified genres. The panel seeks to employ these new sources and methodological perspectives to rethink the history of Chinese verse.

    We already have a critical mass of enthusiastic participants that will engage the topic from a diverse historical and methodological angles. Now we are looking for one more paper (and possibly a dedicated chair) to round out the panel. If you or someone you know would be interested in the topic, please let me know as soon as possible by email at dlebovitz [at] uchicago [dot edu]. The hard deadline is upon us, and we would need an abstract in the next few days.

    Thanks for reading!

    David Lebovitz, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Chicago
    Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
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