Reconsidering Tu Fu: Literary Greatness and Cultural Context (Cambridge Studies in Chinese History, Literature and Institutions)

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Tu Fu is, by universal consent, the greatest poet of the Chinese tradition and the epitome of the Chinese moral conscience at its highest. In Reconsidering Tu Fu, Eva Shan Chou examines Tu Fu both as a cultural monument and as a poet. She investigates the evolution of his stature as an icon, and provides translations of many poems, both well known and obscure. Her analyses are both original in their formulation and considerate of the many fine readings of traditional commentators.

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Tu Fu is, by universal consent, the greatest poet of the Chinese tradition. In the epochal An Lushan rebellion, he alone of his contemporaries consistently recorded in poetry the great events and pervasive sufferings of the time. For a millennium now, Tu Fu's poetry has been accepted as epitomizing the Chinese moral conscience at its highest, and as such his work has been placed almost beyond the reach of criticism. Indeed, objectivity about Tu Fu has often been viewed as criticism of him. In Reconsidering Tu Fu, Eva Shan Chou proposes that these thorny problems be met by separating his legacy into two distinct but related aspects: as cultural monument and as a great and original poet. Examining Tu Fu as cultural icon, she investigates the evolution and nature of his reputation and shows its continuing effect upon interpretations of his poetry. In her discussions of the poetic legacy, she introduces concepts relating to subject matter, style, genre, structure, theme, and voice, in order to provide for a fruitful reconsideration of his poetry. Many poems are discussed, both well known and less familiar. Dr. Chou's analyses are original in their formulation and also considerate of the many fine readings of traditional commentators.

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"...very well produced....[an] excellent book. Eva Shan Chou has sorted through and straightened out questions of great complexity and done so with admirable intelligence." Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies

"...the author introduces some new analytical concepts that enhance understanding and appreciation of Tu Fu's poems. The result is a fresh and innovative look at some familiar verses. Chou's original, insightful, and comprehensive criticism focuses on the poems rather than on theoretical dogma. This is the most important study on Tu Fu to appear in many years. Even Chinese literature experts will profit from reading it. Highly recommended for all collections of traditional Chinese poetry." Choice

"Chou takes a critical look at the construction of cultural forces that enthrones Tu Fu's work in such universal esteem. She also provides an analytical treatment of the poetry which technical poetics has rarely attempted before." The Reader's Review

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