China and Inner Asia
Organized Panel Session
In late imperial China, it appears a normal practice for literati to compile a diversity of histories for poetry of different regions. Their writings were characterized by their pride in the poetic achievements of their native places, their impartial evaluation of poetry from other regions, and their advocacy of women’s writing in the local places. These local histories of poetry enable us to distinguish the poetic trends, features, and merits of these regions. Recent scholarship has viewed the poetry of late imperial China as an entirety and investigated its periodization, influential masters, and empire-wide trends; however, scholars have paid little attention to a diversity of local poetic histories as separate yet connected components of classical poetic tradition.