2015-2016 School of Chinese Seminar
The Prototype of Liu Yong’s Ci Poetry
杜若鴻博士 Dr. TO Yeuk Hung
香港大學中文學院 School of Chinese, The University of Hong Kong
Date: Thursday, November 26, 2015
Time: 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Venue: Room 730, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus
Abstract Liu Yong is one of the most famous Ci writers. He has tremendous influence on Song and later literatures. Nevertheless, there have always been endless debates on the status of Liu’s works and the argument is now still the focal point of academia. This paper will trace the prototype of Liu Yong’s Ci to enable a fair and objective judgment on the controversial issue. Particular attention will be drawn from the perspective of musical tradition. It points out that the social and recreational functions were the ever-green source of vitality of Liu’s Ci, and the lyrical function became more prominent with the intensification of literati consciousness. The practical value of such socio-recreational activities accelerates the style towards combining both elegant and vulgar aesthetics of Liu’s works. It also explained why the genetic phenomenon of “Liu Yong Heat” occurred. This typical case study of Liu Yong’s works will display significant reference value for the research in the original state of Chinese Ci poetry as well.
About the Speaker Dr. To Yeuk Hung graduated from the Faculty of Law of HKU and received his Master’s degree in Ci poetry from the Zhejiang University and Doctoral degree in Shi Poetry from the School of Chinese, HKU. Dr. To joined the School of Chinese (Chinese Language Centre) of HKU from 2003. He is the author of twelve published books wherein representative works include “A Critical Judgment of Liu-yong and his Ci Poetry” (Hangzhou: Zhejiang University Press) and “An Interrelation Study between Shi Poetry and Politics in the Northern Song Dynasty”(Beijing: Peking University Press). His main research interests lie in the fields of Chinese Shi and Ci poetry, literary criticism, creative writing and Chinese culture.
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