This year's Joseph Levenson Book Prize goes to the 2021 work making "the greatest contribution to increasing understanding of the history, culture, society, politics, or economy of China."
Narrativity and Rhetorical Excess in Gong Zizhen's Essay Zunyin (Honoring the Recluse)
UC Berkeley's Center for Chinese Studies presents a talk with Stephen Roddy as part of the brown-bag lunch lecture series.
Stephen Roddy, Pacific Studies, University of San Francisco
One of Gong Zizhen’s famously opaque essays, ‘Zunyin’ illustrates various aspects of his unique prose style, such as a fondness for abstruse, sometimes impenetrable diction, an abundance of hyperbole, and an unusually eclectic range of literary and historical references. While recent interpretative studies tend to draw heavily on both the author’s biography and his philosophical and political views, this talk examines the rhetorical structure of this essay, in particular its use of temporal allusions that both complement and diverge from the Gongyang exegetical tradition with which Gong came to be associated.
Wherever you may be, we wish you and those close to you the very best Year of the Rabbit.
Join us for a discussion with Mike Chinoy on his new book that expands on USCI's Assignment: China series.
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