The Western songs (Xiqu) of the southern dynasties (420-589) - a critical study
Though the Western songs or Xiqu have been frequently anthologized alongside the Wu songs to represent the folk poetry of the Southern Dynasties (420-589 A.D.), there has been as yet no attempt to study the songs in depth. It is the purpose of this study to fill the gap. The songs are viewed primarily as an orally delivered art, fostered by a particular social context and a regional folk tradition. The ethnic and musical backgrounds are discussed, then the lyrics are analysed in terms of...[Show more]
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