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Central Officials and the Origin of Genres: A Study Based on the Shi and Shu
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Pages: 114-124
Year: Issue:  3
Journal: Academic Journal of Graduate School, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

Keyword:  genrescentral officialsthe Five ClassicsShiShu;
Abstract: The opinion that Chinese literature came from the Five Classics is an important theory about the origin of the genres in ancient China,emphasizing the supreme significance of the Five Classics. However,it fails to specify the mechanism that generated the genres. Liu Shipei argued that the genres had been created by central officials,on the basis of this opinion as well as other scholars such as Zhang Xuecheng’s opinions. From the cases of Shi( 诗,The Book of Songs) and Shu( 书,The Book of History),we can know that central officials did play an essential role in the early and development stages of the genres. Moreover,classics and documents sometimes transform into each other. In this process,the system of rites and music was fundamentally significant.
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