The tale of Lady Tan: negotiating place between Central and local in Song-Yuan-Ming China
Gerritsen, Anne. (2008) The tale of Lady Tan: negotiating place between Central and local in Song-Yuan-Ming China. Medieval History Journal, Vol.11 (No.2). pp. 161-186. ISSN 0971-9458
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This paper explores the story of Lady Tan across genres from biographical record to temple inscription and marvellous tale, highlighting different representations of ‘the local’ in these stories: the loss of local belonging for some, inscribing the morals of a local community for others. Focusing on this tale, this essay argues that locality and belonging were contested constructs, especially during the Song-Yuan-Ming transitional period. Ex-ploring how literati understood themselves in relation to their localities contributes to our understanding of literati identities and the meaning of ‘the local’, in a period with ‘weak central government’, or as a repeating pattern of centralisation and localisation. It reveals the complexities in-volved in giving meaning to locality and negotiating belonging. In Ji'an prefecture, the centralising policies of the Hongwu and Yongle emperors were felt locally and affected how literati positioned themselves between central government and local community. This focus on literati writings from a single prefecture suggests that a close reading of the negotiations that form part of constructing locality and belonging in Ji'an can reveal the potential for a complex interplay between central government and local communities throughout China.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||D History General and Old World > DS Asia|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts > History|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Local government -- China -- History -- To 1500, China -- Politics and government, China -- History -- Song dynasty, 960-1279, China -- History -- Yuan dynasty, 1260-1368, China -- History -- Ming dynasty, 1368-1644|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Medieval History Journal|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd.|
|Official Date:||October 2008|
|Page Range:||pp. 161-186|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
# Bol, Peter K. 2003. ‘ The "Localist Turn" and "Local Identity" in Later Imperial China ’, Late Imperial China, vol. 24(2): 1–50.
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