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Burning the Midnight Oil: The Making of Verse Narrative Texts by Qing Women


Prof. Hu Siao-chen, Director of the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica

Pondělí 24. srpna 2015 v 10:00-12:00 hod. ve Fairbankově knihovně Orientálního ústavu, Pod Vodárenskou Věží 4, 182 00 Praha 8.

Abstrakt: This talk will explicate the reception and production of a particular form of narrative fiction. Tanci (彈詞), a genre of performing art popular in southern China, consists of both spoken and sung sections rhymed with seven-character verses. During the late imperial period, its format was borrowed in fiction and welcomed by female readers, inspiring them to write their own texts. Tanci thus became a textual space for female self-expression and literary imagination. This talk will focus on the reading, writing, transcription, circulation, and publication of the female tanci narrative in order to demonstrate the significance of this genre for our understanding of Chinese literature, especially in terms of its selfawareness in literary creation and the issue of female resistance to / compliance with society.



Prof. Charles Sanft: Household Registration Records from Liye: Household, Community, State


Úterý 12. května 2015 v 9:00 – 11:00 hod. v místnosti 118, Celetná 20, 110 00 Praha 1 (místnost CCK-ISC)


Abstrakt: The bureaucracy of the Qin empire created and maintained power relationships between the state and the populace. The most pervasive of its institutional systems was household registration, which theoretically recorded every person in the realm. Each member of the populace in this way became known to the state in terms of core identifying information, permitting the state to track individuals across time and geographical space. Even as this system and its correlates gathered information about persons, they also disseminated information about the state, in that they created knowledge of the government’s presence and reach throughout the newly constituted realm. Historians have acquired new knowledge about these systems due to archaeological discoveries in recent decades, particularly at Liye 里耶, Hunan province, which have provided example documents from these systems. This paper considers examples of relevant materials from Liye and discusses their implications for our understanding of early imperial governance.



Prof. Charles Sanft: Communication and Cooperation in Early Imperial China


Pondělí 11. května 2015 v 15:30 – 17:00 hod. ve Fairbankově knihovně Orientálního ústavu, Pod Vodárenskou věží 4, 182 00 Praha 8.


Abstrakt: The talk draws from received history, the results of archaeological excavation, and current secondary scholarship to argue for the importance of non-coercive government under the early empire. It argues that despite its reputation as a harsh and totalitarian regime, the Qin dynasty employed a sophisticated apparatus that sought not simply to compel obedience to its order but also to persuade the population to accept its governance.