How to Read Chinese Poetry Podcast

This podcast presents the highlights of the acclaimed book How to Read Chinese Poetry: A Guided Anthology by Columbia University Press to a broad general audience. The podcast consists of 52 episodes, covering the major poetic genres developed from antiquity to the modern era. A team of leading experts guides listeners to explore the rich heritage of Chinese poetry, poem by poem, genre by genre, and dynasty by dynasty. Each episode provides a deep but pleasurable discussion of one or more famous poems and their cultural milieu. Special efforts will be made to demonstrate how the poems work in the original language to create a fascinating yet untranslatable kind of poetic beauty. Poems are read aloud in English and Mandarin, and for Tang and Song poetry in Cantonese as well, to the background of classical Chinese qin music.

Zong-qi Cai, Program Host
ProfCai
Official Site: https://howtoreadchinesepoetry.com/

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Pre-Qin Times

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Yuefu Poetry : War as a theme in early popular Chinese poetry, Episode 16, Jui-lung SU

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Lisao : The poem and its author as a composite text : The Lisao as a composite intertext, Episode 15, Martin KERN

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Lisao : The poem and its author as a composite text : The fusion of poetry and biography, Episode 14, Martin KERN

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Lisao : The poem and its author as a composite text : The meaning of Qu Yuan in the Western Han, Episode 13, Martin KERN

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The Lyrics of Chu : Qu Yuan and his poetic allegories : Spiritual and imaginary journeys in Lisao or “On Encountering Trouble”, Episode 12, Fusheng WU

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The Lyrics of Chu : Qu Yuan and his poetic allegories : The poetic persona in Lisao or “On Encountering Trouble”, Episode 11, Fusheng WU

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The Lyrics of Chu : Qu Yuan and his poetic allegories : A general introduction to Chuci, Episode 10, Fusheng WU

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The Book of Poetry : The Han canonization : Dead deer meat as a gift, Episode 9, Zong-qi CAI

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The Book of Poetry : The Han canonization : Romeo and Juliet-like rendezvous, Episode 8, Zong-qi CAI

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The Book of Poetry : The Han canonization : A love song and a moral exemplum, Episode 7, Zong-qi CAI

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The Book of Poetry and Diplomacy : What does it mean to say, “I love you”?, Episode 6, Wai-yee LI

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The Book of Poetry and Diplomacy : Who is the boss?, Episode 5, Wai-yee LI

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The Book of Poetry and Diplomacy : Who is the barbarian?, Episode 4, Wai-yee LI

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The Book of Poetry : Zhou dynastic building, Episode 3, William H. NIENHAUSER

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The Book of Poetry : Courtship poems, Episode 2, William H. NIENHAUSER

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The Book of Poetry : Marriage poems, Episode 1, William H. NIENHAUSER