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The Poetics of Repetition in English and Chinese Lyric Poetry
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The Poetics of Repetition in English and Chinese Lyric Poetry

Cecile Sun


For more than half a century, Chinese-Western comparative literature has been recognized as a formal academic discipline, but critics and scholars in the field have done little to develop a viable, common basis for comparison between these disparate literatures. This book establishes repetition as the ideal perspective from which to compare the poetry and poetics from these two traditions. The book contends that repetition is at the heart of all that defines the lyric as a unique art form and, by closely examining its use in Chinese and Western poetry, it demonstrates how one can identify impo ... More

Keywords: Chinese-Western comparative literature, poetry, poetics, Chinese poetry, Western poetry, poetic practices, lyric, reality, mimesis, xing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226780207
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226780221.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cecile Sun, author