Biography and the World of Discourse in Early Medieval China A Study of "The Stele of Lord Lu, Master of Unadorned Silence

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TitleBiography and the World of Discourse in Early Medieval China A Study of "The Stele of Lord Lu, Master of Unadorned Silence
Publication TypeThesis
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsSwanger, T.
Corporate AuthorsBokenkamp, Stephen
Academic DepartmentProQuest Dissertations and Theses
Page62
Date Published2012
PublisherArizona State University
Place PublishedAnn Arbor
ISBN Number9781267835697
Keywords0318:Religion, 0320:Religious history, 0332:History, Daoism, Hagiography, History, Lu xiujing, Memory, Philosophy, religion and theology, Religion, Religious history, SOCIAL sciences, WU Yun
Abstract

Wu Yun (d. 778) was prominent poet at the Tang court. His biography of the Daoist ritualist Lu Xiujing (406-77) can be read on several levels. It functions as a source of information on Lu's life and works, but a reading focused on this alone is insufficient. Conventions of Chinese biography dictate the text is read not just with an eye towards who Lu "really was," but also how he functions as a character fashioned by an author for certain purposes. With this in mind, the reader can learn not just about Lu, but about the audience of the text and the aims of its author. Lu functioned as a model for later Daoist masters and as an exhortation to proper conduct towards them on the part of rulers and elites. Finally, with reference to the work of Michel Foucault and scholars of collective memory, this work can be read as a window onto the world of discourse in early medieval China.

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