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June 11, 2008

Shuen-fu Lin

A Premonition of the Fall of the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279):
Reading a Song Lyric Composed in 1253 about Reveling on the West Lake

Tuesday, October 14
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Shuen-fu Lin
U-M Professor of Chinese Literature

In this lecture, Professor Shuen-fu Lin will present a close reading of a song lyric (ci) reportedly written by the scholar-official Wen Jiweng (fl 1253-1275) while reveling on the West Lake with fellow scholars on the occasion of their passing the Civil Service Examination for the jinshi (or highest-level) degree.

Wen Jiweng's song lyric will be examined in the context of the mode of life of prosperity, social elegance and graceful leisure of the Southern Song educated elite on the eve of the Mongol conquest of China.

Professor Lin specializes in the literature and culture of premodern China, with special research interests in the poetry and aesthetic theory of the middle periods. He is also interested in early Daoist philosophical literature, the literary dream in poetry and fiction, and garden aesthetics. His books include The Transformation of the Chinese Lyrical Tradition: Chiang K'uei and Southern Sung Tz'u Poetry, The Vitality of the Lyric Voice: Shih Poetry from the Late Han to the T'ang (co-edited with Stephen Owen), and The Tower of Myriad Mirrors: A Supplement to Journey to the West by Tung Yueh (1620-1685) (co-translated with Larry Schulz). He is currently working on a book project on the Inner Chapters of the early Daoist classsic text Zhuangzi.

Posted by moyera at June 11, 2008 03:55 PM