Members of the literate class in medieval China (ca. 6th through 10th centuries) were called upon to produce literary works in a wide range of contexts, from drunken poetry competitions to the civil service exam. In this talk, CMRS Distinguished Visiting Scholar Christopher Nugent (Associate Professor of Chinese, Williams College) examines a number of the texts—including children’s primers, encyclopedias, and model poems—that were used in the process of training members of this elite in literary skills that were ultimately as much social as aesthetic.
Co-sponsored by the UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies.
Advance registration not required. No fee. Limited seating.
Funding for CMRS Distinguished Visiting Lecturers is provided by the Humanities Division of the UCLA College of Letters and Sciences, and the Armand Hammer Endowment for the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.