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Wards of Words: Textual Geographies and Urban Space in Song-Dynasty Luoyang, 960-1127

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The conventions of inherited genres of literary composition reorganized the essential horizontality of eleventh-century urban space into vertical, hierarchical geographies that excluded markets, stores, alleyways, and commoners. Poems and inscriptions composed in Luoyang render detailed walks within gardens and outside the city walls, but not urban itineraries. Only the unusual events of miracle tales and the unusual time of the peony season disrupt conventional textual geographies and render visible commoners and commerce in a horizontal, vernacular urban space. Archaeological remains further demonstrate the limiting conventions of transmitted texts. Les conventions des genres littéraires traditionnels substituent à l'essentielle horizontalité de l'espace urbain du XIe siècle des géographies verticales et hiérarchiques qui excluent les marchés, les magasins, les ruelles, et le menu peuple. Les poèmes et les inscriptions composées en Luoyang décrivent d'innombrables promenades dans les jardins et en dehors des murs, mais elles omettent les itinéraires urbains. Seuls les événements extraordinaires des contes miraculeux et le temps exceptionnel de la saison des pivoines dérangent les géographies textuelles traditionnelles et rendent visible le menu peuple et le commerce dans un espace urbain qui devient horizontal et informel. Les vestiges archéologiques confirment le caractère restrictif des conventions textuelles transmises par la tradition.

Affiliations: 1: Department of History, University of Michigan, USA


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