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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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City of Marvel and Transformation

Linda Rui Feng

University of Hawai'i Press

The introduction explains the important relationship between Chang’an and Tang literati writers, arguing that they serve as intermediary between the city and text. It gives a brief contextualized introduction to the Chang’an as both an imperial capital and a site for collective life. It discusses the nature and provenance of the book’s major textual sources, arguing for a need to reconceptualize and reimagine these texts as workings of the cultural imagination, rather than confined to bibliographic categories and regulated within generic boundaries. It also introduces the theoretical models used throughout the book, as related to the concepts of liminality, spatial practice, and the production of space.

Keywords:   Chang’an, Tang dynasty, imperial capital, urban morphology, literati identity, tales, anecdotes, narratives, examination culture, liminality, spatial practice

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