The Author: Xinda Lian received his Ph.D. in Asian Languages and Cultures from the University of Michigan. He is currently Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Literature at Denison University.
In this study of Xin Qiji, Xinda Lian revises the dominant modern Chinese view of this major twelfth-century writer of 'ci' (the song lyric) as a poet of patriotism, and cogently presents him as a poet of unruly, wild, and arrogant emotion. The book combines scholarly thoroughness with exegetical skill, providing useful insights into both Xin Qiji's song lyrics and larger issues in traditional Chinese poetics. It will be welcomed by anyone interested in classical Chinese poetry and poetics. (Shuen-fu Lin, Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, The University of Michigan)