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February 03, 2014

CANCELED: Winter 2014 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Wendy Swartz


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Please note that this talk has been CANCELED due to weather-related complications. We hope to reschedule Professor Swartz's talk next academic term.


Wendy Swartz
Associate Professor of Chinese Literature
Rutgers University

The Intertextual Brush: Philosophy in Early Medieval Chinese Poetry

February 4, 2014
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

A meaningful study of intertextuality must involve examining how a text functions as part of a network of textual relations, and is thus not reducible to influence studies, or a mere tracing of sources. It has special significance and ramifications for early medieval Chinese literary history in light of the fluid boundaries of textual traditions and the dynamic interactions among diverse, expanding repertoires of literary and cultural meanings. It is within this context of a growing body of literary sources and an interconnectedness of not only different intellectual repertoires (e.g. Confucian, Lao-Zhuang, and Buddhist) but also different branches of learning (e.g. philosophy, poetry) that my lecture will examine how writers best made use of diverse, heterogeneous sources suited to their needs.

Wendy Swartz is Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at Rutgers University. She has also taught at Columbia University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research is primarily on early medieval Chinese poetry, poetics, and literary criticism. She is the author of Reading Tao Yuanming: Shifting Paradigms of Historical Reception (427-1900) (Harvard University Asia Center, 2008), the principal editor of Early Medieval China: A Sourcebook (Columbia University Press, 2014), and has published numerous articles on early medieval literature in leading American journals.

Posted by zzhu at February 3, 2014 11:36 AM