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The End of the Chinese 'Middle Ages': Essays in Mid-Tang Literary Culture (review)

The End of the Chinese 'Middle Ages': Essays in Mid-Tang Literary Culture (review) Reviews 221 Stephen Owen. The End of the Chinese 'Middle Ages': Essays in Mid-Tang Literary Culture. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996. 209 pp. Hardcover $39.50, isbn 0-8047-2666-3. Paperback $14.95, isbn 0-8047-2667-1. Despite its recognized importance in the history of Chinese literature, scholarly works in English on Tang dynasty poetry appear only infrequently. Particularly welcome, therefore, is a new book by Stephen Owen, who, since the 1970s, has es- tablished himself as a leading authority on the development of Tang poetry and on Tang poets and the appreciation of their work. In The End ofthe Chinese Middle Ages,' Professor Owen has returned to his first love, the literature of the end of the eighth and the beginning of the ninth centuries, the subject of his first book, based on his Ph.D. thesis, published by Yale University Press in 1975. The Poetry ofMeng Chiao and Han Yu, as its title suggests, was an analysis of the lives and works of individual poets, as was The Poetry of the Early T'ang, which Owen published two years later, also with Yale University Press. This second work covered the period traditionally known as the Early Tang era, from the beginning of the dynasty http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

The End of the Chinese 'Middle Ages': Essays in Mid-Tang Literary Culture (review)

China Review International , Volume 5 (1) – Mar 30, 1998

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Reviews 221 Stephen Owen. The End of the Chinese 'Middle Ages': Essays in Mid-Tang Literary Culture. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1996. 209 pp. Hardcover $39.50, isbn 0-8047-2666-3. Paperback $14.95, isbn 0-8047-2667-1. Despite its recognized importance in the history of Chinese literature, scholarly works in English on Tang dynasty poetry appear only infrequently. Particularly welcome, therefore, is a new book by Stephen Owen, who, since the 1970s, has es- tablished himself as a leading authority on the development of Tang poetry and on Tang poets and the appreciation of their work. In The End ofthe Chinese Middle Ages,' Professor Owen has returned to his first love, the literature of the end of the eighth and the beginning of the ninth centuries, the subject of his first book, based on his Ph.D. thesis, published by Yale University Press in 1975. The Poetry ofMeng Chiao and Han Yu, as its title suggests, was an analysis of the lives and works of individual poets, as was The Poetry of the Early T'ang, which Owen published two years later, also with Yale University Press. This second work covered the period traditionally known as the Early Tang era, from the beginning of the dynasty

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Published: Mar 30, 1998

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