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date: 23 October 2019

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This chapter examines the role of space in classical Chinese literature as instantiated in the particular sites of the court, the boudoir, the city, and the frontier. This constellation of places provides a geography of classical literary production, one that echoes with distinctly political overtones—at least, insofar as we move from the symbolic center of the imperial court to the private site of the boudoir, from the cosmopolitan heart of the capital city to the desolate barrens of the frontier. As actual topoi (“places”) of literature, these sites are not only the representational objects of literary composition but the very structures through which both literary and political subjectivity is given shape.

Keywords: space, place, site, court, boudoir, city, capital, frontier, empire

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