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A Critical Study of the Case of Mingjiao Zuiren

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2018/2019 School of Chinese Research Student Seminar

A Critical Study of the Case of Mingjiao Zuiren

余子銓 Mr. Yu Tsz Chuen

December 7, 2018 (Friday); 5:30-6:45pm
Room 730, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus
Language: Putonghua


Qian Mingshi (1666-1730) was a prominent poet in the early Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). He was condemned by the Yongzheng Emperor (1678-1735, r. 1722-1735) as a Mingjiao zuiren (a renegade who went against the teachings of the sages [or, Confucianism]) for flattering Nian Gengyao (1679-1726), a famous military commander. Under orders from the Emperor, every degree holder (jinshi) serving in the central government wrote a poem ridiculing Qian, and the collection of these poems was entitled Mingjiao zuiren as a warning to their fellow literati.

Previous studies on the literary inquisitions of the Qing Dynasty have overlooked this important case, and little research has been conducted on it. This seminar will review the case of Qian Mingshi in an attempt to provide a new perspective on its relationship with the literary inquisition of the Yongzheng period.


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