Authorship and Cultural Identity in Early Greece and China: by Dr Alexander Beecroft PDF

By Dr Alexander Beecroft

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During this e-book, Alexander Beecroft explores how the earliest poetry in Greece (Homeric epic and lyric) and China (the Canon of Songs) developed from being neighborhood, oral, and nameless to being textualized, interpreted, and circulated over more and more wider parts. Beecroft re-examines representations of authorship as present in poetic biographies reminiscent of Lives of Homer and the Zuozhuan, and within the works of alternative philosophical and historic authors like Plato, Aristotle, Herodotus, Confucius, and Sima Qian. a lot of those anecdotes and narratives have lengthy been rejected as spurious or prompted by way of naïve biographical feedback. Beecroft argues that those texts successfully negotiated the tensions among neighborhood and pan-cultural audiences. The determine of the writer therefore served as a catalyst to a feeling of shared cultural id in either the Greek and chinese language worlds. It additionally facilitated the emergence of either cultures because the bases for cosmopolitan global orders.

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The author of this text (and the hermeneutic tradition that it spawns) cannot decide whether poetry should be a spontaneous product of the people or an instrument of central state power. Some of this confusion arises, no doubt, from the emergence of the Mao Preface many centuries after the poems that it attempts to characterize, as well as from the Preface’s passionate conviction that, wherever the poems originated, they must have had the case under Wudi), but also, more covertly, as a critique of the era of Wudi himself.

The seventh and final chapter, like Chapter 4, examines a moment of crisis for panchoric narrative. It concerns the Great King Wu dance, a ritual said to commemorate the conquest of the Shang dynasty by the Zhou. The book concludes with a return to the question of the means by which early Greek and Chinese were differently rendered suitable for circulation in cosmopolitan contexts far beyond their original audiences. Notes on Texts and Translations For the most part, the Greek texts I discuss, including Homeric epic, the lyric and tragic poets, and the historians and the philosophers, are likely familiar enough to an English-language audience not to require an introduction.

I use a reading of the context of this anecdote to explore the relationships between epichoric lyric and Panhellenic epic that this story mediates. Chapter 5 examines two poems from the Airs of Chen section of the Airs of the States in the Chinese Canon of Songs, which are glossed within the commentaries by a garish tale of adultery, transvestitism, and murder, set in 599/598 BC. I use these poems and their readings to develop a model for understanding the differing nature of indexicality under performed and text-based regimes of verbal art.

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