China and Inner Asia
Organized Panel Session
In late imperial China, literature and literary culture flourished and developed in different ways from region to region. However, in previous scholarship, the geographic region has often been treated as a simple background for the development of literary and intellectual ideas. This panel calls attention to the importance of geographical regions in their interactions with the formation and evolution of scholars’ individual literary styles and with the mainstream literature and literati culture.
Hui’s paper demonstrates Hu Yinglin’s (1551-1602) response to the late Ming academic climate by constructing the traditions of literature and evidential learning in Jinhua County. Wang’s paper investigates how early and High Qing literati wrote histories of both men’s and women’s poetry from different regions, in which they designated certain poets as the successors of the orthodox tradition of Chinese poetry. Chen’s paper demonstrates how early nineteenth-century female poets in Yangzhou helped construct a local identity not confined by geographical borders. Zhang’s paper examines the debate over enshrining the nationalist and philosopher Wang Fuzhi (1619-1692) in the Confucius Temple during the late Qing period and argues for its importance in Hunan scholar-officials’ establishment of their regional culture and in late Qing politics.