Test 2 Study guide_.docx - CHN 306 Test#2 Study Guide Two issues frame the readings that will be covered in the 2nd test 1 the changing attitudes toward

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CHN 306 Test #2 Study Guide Two issues frame the readings that will be covered in the 2 nd test: 1) the changing attitudes toward emotions and the senses from Buddhism, to Neo- Confucianism, to the cult of qing (passion); and 2) stylistic differences between the different genres we have been reading, Buddhist transformation tales in vernacular language (“The Great Maudgalyayana Rescues his Mother from Hell”; the classical tale “World Within a Pillow”; Li Qingzhao’s song lyrics; personal essays written in classical prose (even though Su Shi’s two expositions on “Red Cliff” are written as poems in Chinese, he pushed the genre of poetry to be so close to prose that they are translated as prose, and we will treat them as lyric prose; Su Shi’s “Account of the Hall of Precious Artworks,” and Li Qingzhao’s “Epilogue to Records on Metal and Stone ,”); drama ( The Injustice to Dou E , and Peony Pavilion ); and the vernacular short story (“An Actress Scorns Wealth and Honor to Preserve Her Chastity”). Themes: Be able to distinguish the various attitudes toward emotions in each text. How important are emotions? Are they dangerous? Are they essential to the construction of identity? And be able to explain why each text has its particular construction of emotions. Gender and voice: how does Li Qingzhao rewrite the conventions of the beautiful young woman pining for romantic love in the two song lyrics we read, “Like a Dream,” and “Note after Note”? “Like a Dream” - Through comparing her happy and carefree times in the youth and unpleasant present. - Li Qingzhao has showed an exemplary form fusing the impression of natural speech. In this very poem, Li is reflecting back her old days with husband with emphasizing her poetic form of her own. She forms the poem so that it is self explanatory of what she is feeling about the scene. For example, for the first four verses, she describes in detail the day she is recalling that day at duck and her mood on her way home after drinking. She depicts out the youth’ good mood when they enjoy the beauty of the nature by fusing the movable scenes with the mood of the poet. She indented the second verses that describe how she felt anxious to find a way out of the loss of anxiety. - The impulse on canoeing in the forest of lotus flower with her, the unpolished beauty of the nature, and the spirit of lingering there came into the readers’ minds vividly. “Note after Note” - It shows full potent of Li’s wit and adeptness in phrasingor structuring her thoughts. - The poem is written in colloquial language using images of fallen flowers and light drizzle to depict her personal desolation. As is typical of her poetry, Li Ch'ing-chao uses images, ideas, metaphors, and similes to portray her feelings and state of mind. Her lyrics are known for their sensitivity, keen observation, love of nature, simplicity, and delicacy.
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