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October 25, 2011

Christian de Pee: The City as Nature: Textual Geographies and urban Space in Eleventh-Century China

Host Department: Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies (EIHS)
Date: 11/10/2011
Time: 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Location: 1014 Tisch Hall

Further Information: In eleventh-century china, the city emerged into writing, not as a creation of human artifice, but as an extension of nature. People filled the streets at sunrise and retired at sunset, goods circulated in accordance with the seasons, and the city flourished and faded in an annual cycle of festivals. By expanding the spatial orientation of inherited genres and by devising new literary forms, authors accommodated the cityscape on the written page. Analysis of these shifting textual geographies yields insights into broad cultural transformations, while it maintains the historical connection between writing and urban experience, and between text and urban space.

Posted by zzhu at October 25, 2011 02:38 PM