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Author SPRING, MADELINE KAY
Title A STYLISTIC STUDY OF TANG 'GUWEN': THE RHETORIC OF HAN YU AND LIU ZONGYUAN (CHINA)
Descript 421 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 44-11, Section: A, page: 3385
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Washington, 1983
Guwen (ancient prose) literature of the Tang dynasty is important both historically as a significant literary reform movement and aesthetically as a model of excellent classical prose writing that still prevails today. This study is primarily concerned with this second aspect of guwen. The approach taken is to analyze specific texts that provide good examples of a variety of important rhetorical features of guwen. Since the works of Han Yu (768-824) and Liu Zongyuan (773-819) are so clearly the most representative of Tang guwen writings, this study is devoted to works by these two authors
This dissertation is divided into an introduction and five chapters. Chapter One focuses on the rhetorical schemes and tropes used by Han and Liu, concentrating mainly on five specific essays, for which a line-by-line breakdown and translation is included in Appendices A-E. As with other types of Chinese literature, Tang guwen often aims to persuade its reader to accept the author's position on a particular subject. This purpose may be accomplished through either direct or indirect means. Chapters Two and Three examine selected essays by Han and Liu that employ various rhetorical methods of argumentation. Chapter Four deals with a controversial aspect of guwen, i.e. its use of elements of fiction. Although guwen differs from other forms of early Chinese fiction, it nonetheless does share some common characteristics with those other types of prose. However, the focus in guwen is clearly didactic in emphasis. The final chapter discusses the different ways that Han and Liu incorporate landscape imagery into their guwen essays. Whereas some scholars traditionally tend to see these "landscape" writings as a separate genre of Tang prose, such a distinction is probably unnecessary
School code: 0250
DDC
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 44-11A
Subject Literature, Asian
0305
Alt Author University of Washington
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