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A New Interpretation of Yu Yue's ＂Somniloquies in Sickness＂
|Keywords:||俞樾 ; 陳寅恪 ; 封建 ; 倒溯式政治思維 |
Yu Yue ; Chen Yinque (Chen Yinke) ; feudalism ; retrospective political thinking
Since their circulation, the authenticity of the nine poems entitled ＂Somniloquies in Sickness＂ (bingzhong yiyu) had remained uncertain. The authorship has been widely recognized only after a 1930s study by Chen Yinque, who regarded the poems as Yu Yue's prophetic predictions of the future. Many readers also have inserted political events from the late Qing to the Communist China, pushing further the interpretation of these poems as prophesies. This article contextualizes the poems with Yu's political thought developed in the 1890s. Drawing from ideas of late Ming thinkers like Gu Yanwu and Wang Fuzhi, as well as new concepts popularized among his late Qing contemporaries, Yu saw the restoration of the ancient feudal system as the panacea to rescue the world in crisis. Seen in this light, the poems indeed match the intellectual concerns of Yu during his lifetime. No. 2 to 4 contain speculations based on transformations Yu encountered in the late Qing period; No. 5 to 9 reflect the retrospective political thinking Yu developed in his later years. By this new interpretation of ＂Somniloquies in Sickness,＂ I not only bring attention to the otherwise obscure political ideas among late Qing scholars of classics, but also reveal the subtle, but no less important, re-positionings and changes in the period.
|Relation:||政大中文報, 34, 5-18|
|Appears in Collections:||[政大中文學報 THCI Core] 期刊論文|
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