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City of Marvel and Transformation: Changan and Narratives of Experience in Tang Dynasty China

Linda Rui Feng


During the Tang dynasty, the imperial capital of Chang’an shaped literati identity and the collective imagination through its new relationship to the empire’s most prolific writers. They came through its fold as examination candidates, sojourners, prospective officials, and as participants in pageantries and contests showcasing literary talent. As the central site of examination culture and social transformation, Chang’an emerged in prose narratives with a distinctive and newly formed metropolitan consciousness. In spatially evocative tales and anecdotes featuring literati protagonists, narrat ... More

Keywords: Chang’an, Tang dynasty, imperial capital, narratives, literati identity, examination culture, liminality, tales, anecdotes, transformation, travel, mobility, urban space

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780824841065
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824841065.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Linda Rui Feng, author
University of Toronto