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City of Marvel and TransformationChangan and Narratives of Experience in Tang Dynasty China$
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Linda Rui Feng

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824841065

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824841065.001.0001

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The Lure of Chang’an

The Lure of Chang’an

(p.44) Chapter Two The Lure of Chang’an
City of Marvel and Transformation

Linda Rui Feng

University of Hawai'i Press

“The Lure of Chang’an” considers the necessity and impact of routinized travel to Chang’an during the Tang, at a time when the significance of the capital was rapidly evolving. Driven by the prospect of official posts and a more elusive sense of cultural plenitude, literati aspirants as well as established officials began to forge a new relationship to the capital. The centripetal pull of the capital on literati men was evident not only in poems of aspiration, longing and regret, but also in a variety of Tang tales featuring the examinee-protagonists, all of which reflect the frequency, duration, and emotional weight of these routinized trips.

Keywords:   travel, capital culture, civil service examination, exile, seasonality

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