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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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Navigating the City Interior

Navigating the City Interior

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(p.68) Chapter Three Navigating the City Interior
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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/9780824841065.003.0003

“Navigating the City Interior” demonstrates that when Tang narratives follow their examinee-protagonists into the city walls of Chang’an, the liminal status of the protagonists becomes imbricated with Chang’an’s urban space, and the itineraries their wanderings trace out shed light on its spatial logic. The neophyte in Tang tales, frequently represented as being put to the test by the city’s extra-official and extra-familial networks, show that literati personhood in the latter half of the Tang was a distinctly metropolitan one, and was colored and inflected by the distinctive and unruly configuration of space and social alliances found in Chang’an.

Keywords:   Chang’an, urban space, spatial logic, cityscape, walls, transgression, narratives

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