China and Inner Asia
Organized Panel Session
This panel series is interested in the intertextuality of early Chinese literature. While scholars including Donald Sturgeon, Paul Fischer, Nicholas Morrow Williams, and our senior panelists have made valuable contributions to the emerging field of early and medieval Chinese intertextuality studies, there is still a need to develop indigenous accounts of this phenomenon, as well as methodologies for its study. Our papers – which construe “intertextuality” not only as explicit citation, but also the resemblance of conceptual, narrative, and syntactic structures across and beyond texts – seek to address this issue.
Our panel series will discuss, first, the nature of early Chinese intertextuality, second, the various functions of the intertextual elements that pervade this literature, and third, methods for classifying approaches to these intertextualities. We intend that our panel develop into a real-time dialogue, addressing questions of methodological importance not only for the study of early China, but also for text and literary studies more broadly.
Our panel is chaired by David Schaberg. Organizer Corina Smith experiments with reading Mu Shi and a Huainanzi chapter through one textual element shared by both. Heng Du proposes a method for distinguishing between intentional citation and textual reuse in the Chuci. Zhuming Yao problematises the assumption that verbal parallels to the Shangshu are “quotations,” while Anton Terekhov develops a systematic typology of mythical narrative reuse across a broad corpus. Discussant Matthias Richter introduces perspectives from textual criticism and manuscript studies.