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  • The Southern Garden Poetry Society

The Southern Garden Poetry Society

Literary Culture and Social Memory in Guangdong


English , 2013/06 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Press

Tags: China Studies, Literature

229 x 152 mm , 200pp ISBN / ISSN : 978-962-996-467-2

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What has traditionally been the main matter explored by Cantonese literati? From the earliest poets—oceanic elements and riparian scenes contrasted with stunning rock formations; a love for the exotic, especially local plants, products, and lore; Daoist transcendentalism; and, finally, a concern for pointing up local loyalty to the distant throne and a fierce pride in being culturally authentically Chinese. The Southern Garden Poetry Society in Guangzhou was the only major literary club in Chinese history to be periodically reconvened over the Ming, Qing, and Republican eras. Beginning with an examination of its five founding members during the Yuan / Ming transition period, in particular Sun Fen (1335–1393), David Honey traces the various elements of this Southern Muse that became embodied in later Cantonese poetry, and pursues the issue of social memory by focusing on later reconvenings of the society.

DAVID B. HONEY is Professor of Chinese in the Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages at Brigham Young University. His research interests focus on classical scholarship, sinological history, poetry, and Cantonese literati.

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