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Author Dudbridge, Glen.

Title A portrait of Five Dynasties China : from the memoirs of Wang Renyu (880-956) / Glen Dudbridge
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013


Description 1 online resource (272 pages) : maps
Series Oxford Oriental monographs
Oxford Oriental monographs.
Contents Wang Renyu and his memoirs -- Oral history -- A world of signs and symbols -- In the background of war -- Personalities of Shu -- The fall of Former Shu in 925 -- The Khitan -- Music and musicians -- The wild -- Epilogue : the signature on the portrait
Summary "The anecdotal literature of late-medieval China is not unknown, but it is underused. Glen Dudbridge explores two collections of anecdotal memoirs to construct an intimate portrait of the first half of the tenth century as seen by people who lived through it. The author Wang Renyu's adult life coincided closely with that period, and his memoirs, though not directly transmitted, can be largely recovered from encyclopaedia quotations. His experience led from early life on the north-west border with Tibet, through service with the kingdom of Shu, to a mainstream career under four successive dynasties in northern China. He bore personal witness to some great events, but also travelled widely and transcribed material from a lifetime of conversations with colleagues in the imperial Hanlin Academy. The study first sets Wang's life in its historical context and discusses the nature and value of his memoirs. It then pursues a number of underlying themes that run through the collections, presenting nearly 80 distinct items in translation. Together these offer a characterization of an age of inter-regional warfare in which individual lives, not grand historical narrative, form the focus. A nuanced self-portrait of the author emerges, combining features that seem alien to modern values with others that seem more familiar. Four appendices give the text of the author's tombstone epitaph; a detailed list of his surviving memoir items; data from Song catalogues on the early transmission of his writings; and Wang Renyu's own definition of the four musical modes inherited from the Tang dynasty"--From publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from pdf information screen (Ebsco, viewed March 19, 2013)
Subject Wang, Renyu, 880-956.
HISTORY -- Asia -- China.
China -- History -- Five dynasties and the Ten kingdoms, 907-979 -- Anecdotes
China -- Officials and employees -- Biography -- Anecdotes
China -- History -- Tang dynasty, 618-907 -- Anecdotes
China -- History -- Five dynasties and the Ten kingdoms, 907-979.
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2013431550
ISBN 9780191649677