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Medieval Chinese Poetry, Stories, and Landscape Art (2/4)
Dienstag, 4. Juli 2017, 18:00 bis 20:00
Vortrag “Li Qingzhao and the Question of Who Owns ‘China’s Greatest Woman Poet’?”
Li Qingzhao 李清照 (1084-1150s) is widely recognized as the greatest woman poet in Chinese literary history. Her talent was such that she became famous already in her own lifetime, and her fame increased in the centuries after her death. But certain of her actions in life, as well as some of her writings, did not sit well with conservative Confucian scholars and critics, who had difficulty reconciling their ideas of appropriate womanly conduct with what she actually wrote and did. An intensive scholarly campaign was thus undertaken during the late imperial period to recast this iconic figure, and the influences of that campaign are still amply attested in perceptions of her today in China. This presentation raises the issue of contested images of China’s greatest woman poet, argued over by Confucians, modern scholars, feminist critics, and even foreigners, all of whom are eager to discover and lay claim to an outstanding female writer in the great tradition of Chinese poetry.
Ort: Campus Westend, IG-Farben-Gebäude, Eisenhower-Saal (IG 1.314)