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Tsing Hua Journal of Chinese Studies
ISSN 0577-9170; DOI 10.6503/THJCS


The Theory of Ku-Wen Prose in the Literary Thought of Tu Mu (803-852?)

Vol. 20 No. 1   6/1990   


The Theory of Ku-Wen Prose in the Literary Thought of Tu Mu (803-852?) 


Yung s. Teng 









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    The theory of ku-wen prose started with the ku-wen stylists of the T’ang dynasty. Tu Mu’s theory of ku-wen prose, which represented the utilitarian scholl of ku-wen in the late T’ang period, constitutes as integral part of his literary thought. This theory, which was based on his understanding of basic ku-wen principles expounded by leading Confucian scholars engaged in the neoclassical movement in prose of the Sui and T’ang times, wa developed from his Confucian view of literature. The theory can be viewed as an artistic method related to literary composition; the main concern of 

this method is the problem of stylistic control to achieve thematic unity for a piece of ku-wen writing devoted to expressing its author’s personal views; this problem is approached by the method formulated in accordance with his literary assumptions that the author attends to a. what is essential and of paramount importance, b. form and conscious design, and c. the li of the writing. 


David Strand, Rickshaw Beijing: City People and Politics in the 1920s 

Jan W. Huebner 




Author: Yung s. Teng
Genre: Article
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