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Other Ways Of Being Local In Southern Song And Yuan Jizhou

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Writing about temples allowed Southern Song and Yuan literati from Jizhou to imagine local landscapes within which they belonged and had meaningful roles to play. The Southern Song and Yuan landscape was a dynamic imagined space, where literati writing combined the view of a threatening and to some extent unknown physical space with the idealization of that space, where humans had successfully negotiated those dangers and threats. Reading temple inscriptions as records of such processes allows us to see the literati as agents in their social and physical spaces. It may be instructive, however, to look briefly at other ways of expressing involvement in local society that presented themselves to the literati in Southern Song and Yuan Jizhou, such as writing prefaces for locally compiled genealogies, or writing about schools and academies.

Keywords: Bailuzhou Academy; Liu Chenweng; Ouyang Shoudao; Southern Song; Yuan Jizhou



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