DATA ON THE CHU-KUNG-TIAO A Reassessment of Conflicting Opinions BY WILT L. IDEMA Introduction The chu-kung-tiao ilf(iQ or "all keys and modes" originated as a genre of performative literature in the final decades of the Northern Sung dynasty, flourished during the Chin dynasty and had dis- appeared from the stage by the second half of the fourteenth century. By the sixteenth century, even the name of the genre had been forgotten and the only representative of the genre that was completely available in print, viz. Tung Chieh-yfan's :fiM5ê ver- sion of the romance of Student Chang and was referred to by a great variety of names (Sung 1989; 2). Only in the twentieth century, by Wang Kuo-wei in 1912, this text was again identified as a chu-kung-tiao. The study of this genre begins with Cheng Chen-to's comprehensive paper "Sung Chin Yuan chu- kung-tiao k'ao" of 1932. Usually, the chu-kung-tiao is studied as an instance of popular performative literature, a link in the develop- ment of prosimetric storytelling, mainly distinguished by its pecu- liar musical organization and the preponderance of song over prose. Materials for the study of chu-kung-tiao are very rare. Apart from Tung Chieh-yfan's Hsi-hsiang-chi chu-kung-tiao of
T'oung Pao – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1993
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