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The Song of Everlasting Sorrow

Date & Time:
November 8, 2017 | 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
CHC 309
X. Jie Yang

The Song of Everlasting Sorrow
Bai Juyi's Poem in Japanese Visual Expression

by X. Jie Yang

"Chang Hen Ge." This poem written in Tang Dynasty (618-907) China traveled long in Japan. The poet himself clearly recognized the very fact that his writing was popular in Japan, and this poem became a significant seed to The Tale of Genji. In early 17 Century, the entire poem became the content of a two-volume picture scroll by Kano Sansetsu (1590-1651), and it survives today in the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, Ireland.

This presentation will explore the visual tradition in China and Japan through this beautiful poem and splendid scroll.

Presented by CIG (China Interdisciplinary Group, Chair: Dr. David Curtis Wright)