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China Humanities Seminar Featuring Tina Lu – The Politics of Li Yu’s Xianqing ouji (Casual Expressions)
February 23, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Speaker: Tina Lu, Colonel John Trumbull Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Yale University
When it comes to an understanding of the politics of literature and literary production, our field is still largely dominated by Craig Clunas’ framework (itself largely adapted from Bourdieu). I am interested in considering the politics of Li Yu’s Xianqing ouji 閒情偶寄 (1671) not simply as a means for its author to climb up a social hierarchy but as a much more expansive political imagining. Many of the collection’s essays treat what are obviously political topics (for example, behavior appropriate to people of different social standing), but I will argue that their form and language also demand consideration as political acts.
Please note that Professor Lu’s talk will be recorded and archived on the MHC and EALC websites. If you do not feel comfortable being recorded, please disable your video. The Q&A session will not be recorded.
This event is generously sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center and the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University.
Presented via Zoom
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