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Testing the Literary: Prose and the Aesthetic in Early Modern China

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Alexander Des Forges reads shiwen from a literary perspective, showing how the examination essay redefined prose aesthetics, transformed the work of writing, and marked the aesthetic as a key arena for contestation of authority as candidates, examiners, and critics joined to form a dominant social class of literary producers.

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Testing the Literary: Prose and the Aesthetic in Early Modern China
2021, Harvard University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780674251182

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