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The Social Life of Texts: Reading Zhuang Chuo’s 莊綽 (fl. 1126) Jilei bian 雞肋編 (Chicken Rib Chronicles)

Abstract This dissertation argues that scholars need to re-evaluate the place of miscellany in the textual tradition. Through a dynamic close-reading of Zhuang Chuo’s 莊綽 (fl. 1126) Jilei bian 雞肋編 (Chicken Rib Chronicles), using its preface as a guide, this project demonstrates that the value of this text lies not in its historical truth, but in the author’s analyses of historical themes, spoken word, and personal experiences alongside his engagement with the textual tradition and intellectual discourses in the wider scholarly community. Rethinking the way that Song dynasty authors of miscellany create meaning and also the purpose of this corpus allows readers to approach them holistically and creates the potential for multiple readings.
Created Date 2016
Contributor Cai, Meghan (Author) / West, Stephen H. (Advisor) / Cutter, Robert J. (Committee member) / Bokenkamp, Stephen R. (Committee member) / Tillman, Hoyt C. (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Asian literature / Asian studies / Biji / Jilei Bian / Miscellany / Zhuang Chuo
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 210 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Asian Languages and Civilizations 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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