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Sound and Sight: Poetry and Courtier Culture in the Yongming Era (483-493)

Meow Goh


This book examines Chinese poetry and courtier culture using the concept of shengse—sound and sight—which connotes “sensual pleasure.” Under the moral and political imperative to avoid or even eliminate representations of sense perception, premodern Chinese commentators treated overt displays of artistry with great suspicion, and their influence is still alive in modern and contemporary constructions of literary and cultural history. The Yongming poets, who openly extolled “sound and rhymes,” have been deemed the main instigators of a poetic trend toward the sensual. Situating them within the ... More

Keywords: Chinese poetry, Yongming poets, shengse, sensual pleasure, sound, sight, rhymes, Buddhist, Confucian, Chinese poems

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780804768597
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804768597.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Meow Goh, author