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The 'Heyue yingling ji' in the History of Tang Poetry

A talk by Paul Kroll

Thursday, October 11, 2007
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The Heyue yingling ji is the only extant anthology of poetry from the high Tang (712-756) period that has been preserved in nearly complete form. Compiled in 753 by Yin Fan, it offers a unique, insider's view into contemporary tastes in poetry, sometimes at distinct variance with the canonical picture of high Tang verse that was constructed by scholars in the following millennium and largely prevails today. Professor Kroll, who is currently preparing a study and complete translation of this anthology, will highlight in his talk the importance of Yin Fan's work in Chinese literary history and criticism.

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Paul Kroll (PhD, University of Michigan) is Professor of Chinese at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Professor Kroll's research interests include medieval Chinese literature (Six Dynasties and Tang), especially poetry; cultural and religious history; medieval comparative studies; and philology. He is the past president of the American Oriental Society and Editor in Chief and East Asia Editor of the Journal of the American Oriental Society, and until recently was the Editor of T'ang Studies He is the author of numerous articles on ancient and medieval Chinese literature, culture and religion, as well as two books, Meng Hao-jan (1981), and Dharma Bell and Dharani Pillar: Li Po's Buddhist Inscriptions (2001). This year, Dr. Kroll is the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship that supports his research on the eighth-century anthology of poetry Heyue yingling ji.

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Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies

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