The Writing of Weddings in Middle Period China: Text and Ritual Practice in the Eighth Through Fourteenth Centuries, by Pee, Christian De
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- ISBN: 9780791470732 | 0791470733
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 4/5/2007
Approaching writing as a form of cultural practice and understanding text as an historical object, this book not only recovers elements of the ritual practice of Middle-Period weddings, but also reassesses the relationship between texts and the Middle-Period past. Its fourfold narrative of the writing of weddings and its spirited engagement with the texts-ritual manuals, engagement letters, nuptial songs, calendars and almanacs, and legal texts-offer a form and style for a cultural history that accommodates the particularities of the sources of the Chinese imperial past. Book jacket.