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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

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

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824841065.003.0002

“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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