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University of Massachusetts Amherst

East Asian Languages and Societies

Classical Chinese Poetry

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Dwelling In The Vision Of Utopia: A Politico-Religious Reading Of Tao Qian, Jiani Lian Jul 2015

Dwelling In The Vision Of Utopia: A Politico-Religious Reading Of Tao Qian, Jiani Lian

Masters Theses

The present work offers a critical analysis of Tao Qian’s political and religious thought from readings of his poetic works. Focused on Tao Qian’s writings about the “Way” and the crisis of the “Way”, I examine how he constructs his political utopia and religious utopia that stand out as his response to the multidimensional existential crisis. Chapter 1 provides a summary of Tao’s depictions of the “Way” and the crisis of the “Way”, which serves as the textual ground of this study. Chapter 2 introduces the interdisciplinary methods that I have adopted to read and understand Tao ...


The Artist As Creator: The Theory Of Art In Du Fu's Poems About Paintings, James H. Edwards Jan 2012

The Artist As Creator: The Theory Of Art In Du Fu's Poems About Paintings, James H. Edwards

Masters Theses 1911 - February 2014

Du Fu is one of China's most celebrated and influential poets. His poems about paintings are a highly innovative subset of poems rich with imagery and emotion. Received ideas about these poems fail to account for any role played in them by Du's aesthetic ideas. This study analyses Du's poems about paintings in order to bring to light Du's theory of art. Du's theory of art combines ancient Chinese ideas about aesthetics, literature and the nature of humanity's relationship to the universe. These traditional ideas serve as the foundation for a unique theory. Du ...