Authorship and cultural identity in early Greece and China : patterns of literary circulation / Alexander Beecroft
- Beecroft, Alexander, 1973-
- Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
- Physical Description:
- ix, 328 pages ; 24 cm
- Explicit poetics in Greece and China : points of divergence and convergence -- Epic authorship : the lives of Homer, textuality and panhellenism -- Lyric authorship : poetry, genre, and the polis -- Authorship between epic and lyric : Stesichorus, the Palinode, and performance -- Death and lingerie : cosmopolitan and panhuaxia readings of the airs of the states -- Summit at Fei : the poetics of diplomacy in the Zuozhuan -- The politics of dancing : the great King Wu dance and the hymns of Zhou -- Conclusion : scenes of authorship and master-narratives.
- "In this book, Alexander Beecroft explores how the earliest poetry in Greece (Homeric epic and lyric) and China (the Canon of Songs) evolved from being local, oral, and anonymous to being textualized, interpreted, and circulated over increasingly wider areas. Beecroft reexamines representations of authorship as found in poetic biographies such as the Lives of Homer and the Zuozhuan, and in the works of other philosophical and historical authors such as Plato, Aristotle, Herodotus, Confucius, and Sima Qian. Many of these anecdotes and narratives have long been rejected as spurious or motivated by naive biographical criticism. Beecroft argues that these texts effectively negotiated the tensions between local and pan-cultural audiences. The figure of the author thus served as a catalyst to a sense of shared cultural identity in both the Greek and Chinese worlds. It also facilitated the emergence of both cultures as the bases for cosmopolitan world orders."--BOOK JACKET.
- 9780521194310 (hardback) and 0521194318 (hardback)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
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