10-13 Late Tang-The Culture of the Tang

10-13 Late Tang-The Culture of the Tang - (b All live...

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Greg J. Gallagher 13 October 2006 Late Tang/the Culture of the Tang 1) Tang Culutre a) Tang as center of the East Asian World i) Tang Capital was biggest city in the world at this point b) Cosmopolitan Capital—Chang’an c) Trade—The Silk Road and the Coastal Trade i) Allowed for new kinds of food ii) New spices to different areas of China d) Foreign influence on Tang Culture i) Embracing different clothing styles from foreign lands ii) Slave market e) New Artistic Forms i) Sculpture ii) Music iii) Poetry (1) Li Bai (Li Bo) (701-763) (a) Once served as official in Xuanzong’s court—famous as “the poet of wine” (2) Du Fu (712-770) (a) Failed exams, a disillusioned Confucian official
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Unformatted text preview: (b) All live through age of chaos, decline of Tang order (3) Han Yu (768-824) (a) Politically engaged writer of the late Tang (b) Part of a small group of writers, looking to recover “the Way of the Sages” (c) Advocates use of “ancient style” writing—a plainer prose style (d) Looking to recover truths of Confucian Tradition—transmission of which had been disrupted (e) Advocates a return to Confucian Analects and work of Mencius (Mengzi) (f) An important precursor of the Confucian revival of the Song Dyansty ( we will explore next week)...
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