Christopher Nugent: Publishes "Manifest in Words, Written on Paper: Producing and Circulating Poetry in Tang Dynasty China"

Posted Dec. 14, 2010: Christopher Nugent, Associate Professor of Chinese, has published “Manifest in Words, Written on Paper: Producing and Circulating Poetry in Tang Dynasty China” (Harvard University Asia Center). The book focuses on the ways in which medieval Chinese poets and their audiences composed and transmitted poetry in both oral and written forms, set texts to memory, and compiled literary collections. It demonstrates that poetic texts often changed substantially through the course of transmission and posits that by considering poetic texts as material objects we can gain important insights into the nature of medieval Chinese literary cultures and how they differed from those of later periods dominated by print.