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September 17, 2009

Benjamin Ridgway

From River By-Way to River Border: The City of Jiankang in the Wartime Writings of Ye Mengde (1077-1148)

September 29, 2009
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Benjamin Ridgway, Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Literature, Valparaiso University

This presentation explores the way that geographical discourses on dynastic capitals were deployed in political writings and literary works of the Chinese scholar-official elite during the traumatic collapse of the Northern Song (960-1279). Specifically, Professor Ridgway examines the way Ye Mengde's writings on the city of Jiankang (i.e. modern-day Nanjing) reflect the tensions felt by many scholar officials to relocate their “place” in a redefined geo-political order.

Benjamin Ridgway is an Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Literature in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and MA in Chinese Studies Program at Valparaiso University. He earned his Ph.D. in Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His area of specialization is poetry of the Song dynasty (960-1279). More broadly his research interests the intersections between geography, displacement, and literature. His Ph.D. dissertation, “Imagined Travel: Displacement, Landscape, and Literati Identity in the Song Lyrics of Su Shi (1037-1101)” researched the interaction between practices of official travel during the Song dynasty and imagined travel into the historical past in the song lyrics of Su Shi. Recently, he has begun work on a cultural history of the city of Hangzhou during the Southern Song, examining the city’s history through a range of genres, including song lyrics, shi poetry, local gazetteers, strange tales, maps, as well as painting.

Posted by kanepark at September 17, 2009 05:12 PM