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|Other Titles:||Study on Chinese Shi-ren Fiction in the Tang Dynasty|
Liu, Yuan-ju;Ichirõ, Kominami
the Tang dynasty ； shi-ren fiction marketplace space ； anti-power
|Issue Date:||2016-05-23 11:29:37 (UTC+8)|
This paper begins by examining the origins and the performance styles of Chinese shi-ren fiction 市人小說 in the Tang dynasty. A subsequent investigation on how the term "shi-ren" is used in Classical texts ranging form the pre-Qin period 先秦 to Ming 明 and Qing 清 reveals that the term refers only to the people who made a living by conducting business in the marketplace. Yet based on its usage, which also has close relationship with acrobatics, this paper therefore proposes that the marketplace, as a space, is actually related to the emergence of early acrobatics in China. Moreover, market as a space is also one of the causes of the rise and the development of professional acrobatics in the early days. From the market-related descriptions found in Tang fictions, coupled with the spatial distributions and functions of the marketplace, the author discovers that 'marketplace' and 'imperial palace' are two contrary spaces, similar to the idea of yin 陰 and yang 陽, each representing different values respectively. As a result, the marketplace, to put it more precisely, has become a spatial symbol, reflecting an idea of anti-power and other relevant values that go against the executive institute with the emperor as its pyramidal figure. This artistic characteristic, mirroring the values that only belong to the town, become the most important motive power of fiction history in the later periods from the Song and Yuan Dynasties.
|Relation:||政大中文學報, 2, 35-51|
Bulletin of the Department of Chinese Literature National Chengchi University
|Appears in Collections:||[Bulletin of the Department of Chinese Literature National Chengchi University] Journal Articles|
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