2013-2014 School of Chinese Research Student Seminar
The Literary Image of Imperial Consort Yang during the Ming Dynasty 何韻詩 Miss Ho Wan Sze
April 11, 2014 (Friday) 5:30-6:45pm
Room 730 Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus
Imperial Consort Yang (719-756) was the most favored imperial consort of Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty. Yang was famous for her beauty, and was known as one of the “four great beauties” in China. She lived in the most prosperous period of the Tang Dynasty, but was killed in the Ma-Wei Incident at the age of thirty-eight. People were sorry for her short life span and thus made her literary life immortal. Literary works often reflected the authors’ personal feelings and their social consciousness. Through an analysis of Yang’s literary image during the Ming Dynasty, this talk aims to better understand the social values of that time, and to explore the influence Yang’s literary image of the Ming Dynasty had on the “Li-Yang literature” of the following centuries.