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TALK Forced Innovation: Exile and Poetic Language in Medieval China.

Date March 4 @ 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm

We would like to invite you to a talk by Prof. Haun Saussy (University of Chicago) titled “Forced Innovation: Exile and Poetic Language in Medieval China.”

Exile or banishment has long been a professional liability of intellectuals in many cultures. In China, where almost all literate men were assumed to be involved in politics and office-holding, poets experienced banishment so often that it became (like Kafka’s “leopards in the temple”) less an interruption in a poetic career than an expected stage. The new resources unlocked by idleness, isolation, and unaccustomed landscapes added to the available poetic language, as we will see in a brief examination of poems by Xie Lingyun, Shen Quanqi, and Su Shi, along with the allusions they incorporate.

Monday, 4 March 2024

16:45 s.t.

Institut für Orientalistik

Campus Uni Wien, Hof 4

Seminarraum Hörsaal


March 4
4:45 pm - 6:00 pm


Department of Near Eastern Studies of the University of Vienna