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Layered Performativity in New Songs from the Jade Terrace (Yutai xinyong): A Discussion on the Compilation, Poems on Female Entertainers, and the Potential Female Readership of the Anthology Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
Yutai xinyong
performativity
female entertainer
male literati
poetic competence
female readership
Southern Dynasties
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Yu, Lulu
Supervisor and department
Raft, Zeb (East Asian Studies)
Fried, Daniel (East Asian Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Walter, Davis (East Asian Studies & Art and Design)
Raft, Zeb (East Asian Studies)
Fried, Daniel (East Asian Studies)
Department
Department of East Asian Studies
Specialization
Chinese Literature
Date accepted
2016-07-20T09:03:24Z
Graduation date
2016-06:Fall 2016
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
The Yutai xinyong is traditionally thought of as a poetry anthology on women that w compiled by a male compiler and intended for male literati readers to read. This study proposes and examines another possibility: the Yutai xinyong was probably compiled for the Southern Dynasties palace ladies to read. Without foreseeing their poems on female entertainers would be selected into an anthology for palace ladies to read, the Yutai xinyong poets wrote these poems for a different purpose. While male poets, as spectators, composed poems depicting the performance that they had just watched, they did not seek an accurate portrayal of the female entertainers but rather a performative representation which presented poets themselves to their potential spectators — emperor and princes. After these poems on female entertainers recirculated back to the potential female readers in the Southern Dynasties, the compositions of the possible contemporary female reader-poets indicate that their poems on women are not only influenced by the works written by male poets but also attempt to present another poetic performance to reconstruct the female image created by male poets.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3ZK55R83
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This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private, scholarly or scientific research. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
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