Public talk: The discovery of "popular rhapsody" and its literary significance

14 June 2012

On 14th June, the Department of Chinese Studies, School of Languages and Cultures and the Confucius Institute will co-host a public talk: The discovery of "popular rhapsody" (俗赋) and its literary significance, by Professor Fu Junlian who is a Professor of Chinese literature at Northwest Normal University, China.

The 'popular rhapsody' is a completely different genre from the traditional rhapsody in Chinese literature. It became recognised by literary scholars with the excavation of Dunhuang popular rhapsodies and the rhapsodies of the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC to 24 AD). The discovery of the popular rhapsody reveals it was a 'rapping' literature among ancient Chinese folks, prevailing in people's lives, and spreading by 'chanting' and 'singing'. This seminar examines the discovery and developments of the 'popular rhapsody' and its intricate relationships with other genres in Chinese literature.

Professor Fu's research interests include classical Chinese literature, Dunhuang Studies, the Silk Road Studies, history and geography of Northwest China. He is also the Vice Chairman of Gansu Research Associations of Dunhuang Studies and Classical Chinese Literature. He has published 7 monographs and more than 150 research articles.

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