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Across the Yangtze: Cultural memory and historical imagination in the recreation of a Chinese state


2006 2006

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The early Fourth Century in China was plagued with violence in the form of internal rebellions, palace power struggles, and foreign invasion. The internecine warfare at the capital weakened the state significantly, allowing the non-Chinese tribes to rebel against Jin Dynasty and eventually take over the heartland of Chinese civilization along the Yellow River valley, forcing the Jin state to flee across the Yangtze River in the south. The loyalist armies in the north and refugees who fled south all struggled to make sense of the violent changes, and control their changing world by falling back on their cultural traditions and shared history. This dissertation examines the literature of these loyalists and refugees as they sought to preserve their state and civilization. The literature of the loyalists who remained in the north to fight the Xiongnu shows how they sought to maintain order in their lives and in the war zone through traditions and history. Exodus literature shows how the refugees tried to maintain a connection between themselves, their ancestral homelands, their shared cultural heritage, and their unknown futures through the medium of poetry. Finally, once the refugees had settled in their new lands and lost the north, they reforged their connection to their pasts, their ancestral homelands, and added a new relationship to their new lives in the south through writing.

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Subject
Asian literature;
Comparative literature
Classification
0305: Asian literature
0295: Comparative literature
Identifier / keyword
Language, literature and linguistics; Chinese; Cultural memory; Fourth century; Historical imagination; Refugees
Title
Across the Yangtze: Cultural memory and historical imagination in the recreation of a Chinese state
Author
Low, Michelle Marie
Number of pages
269
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0051
Source
DAI-A 67/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542554988, 0542554984
Advisor
Kroll, Paul W.
University/institution
University of Colorado at Boulder
University location
United States -- Colorado
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3207750
ProQuest document ID
305348476
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305348476
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