The Style and Significance of Writing about Daily Life in the Casual Notes in the Guitian lu and Dongpo zhilin
Keywords:《歸田録》, 《東坡志林》, 日常轉向, 世俗化, 人文化, Guitian lu, Dongpo zhilin, Turning to daily life, Secularization, Humanistic turn
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in Chinese; abstract also in English.
Through the gradual transformation from the Wei and Jin to the Tang Dynasty, the casual notes of the Song Dynasty were no longer confined to supplementing dynastic history, but aimed at recording the personal experience and feelings of people around the author. Among the numerous notes, Ouyang Xiu's (1007 - 1072) Guitian lu (Records of Returning to My Old Fields) and Su Shi's (1037 - 1101) Dongpo Zhilin (Collected Records of Dongpo) stand out for novelty in conveying amusement. They carry on the historical tradition of documentary by recording ordinary life and events, and thereby endow themselves with the nature of idle talk and u self-entertainment ”. These aspects mark a new development in the documentary nature of traditional casual notes， which underwent a process of expansion in the breadth of their content. Their attention to the individual's daily life and expression of inner feelings opened up a new aesthetic perspective for the writing of casual notes in later generations.
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