The Collision between Tradition and Modernism —A Discussion on the Ci-Poetry and Educational Concepts by Liu Yupan
Keywords:劉毓盤, 《詞史》, 《唐五代宋遼金元名家詞輯》, 《中國文學史》, 中國詞學現代化進程, Liu Yupan, “Cishi”, “Tang Wudai Songliao Jinyuan Mingjia Ciji”, “Zhongguo Wenxue Shi”, the modernization process of Chinese Ci study
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in Chinese; abstract also in English.
Liu Yupan, a traditional “Ci” writer across the late Qing Dynasty and the Republic of China who made his name with “Cishi”, which was the first book in China summarizing the history of Ci and the principles behind systematically. In addition, he was also known for his “Zhongguo Wenxue Shi” and “Tang Wudai Songliao Jinyuan Mingjia Ciji”. His contributions to the studies of Ci deserve great attention. Yet, just a few articles mentioned about him after 83 years since his death. His poor popularity has formed a sharp contrast with his excellent contributions. By getting into the atmosphere of Ci study in 1930s, this paper attempts to investigate why Liu has been overlooked by scholars for such a long time from the perspectives of academic history and educational history. This paper also aims to re-discover the neglected contributions made by Liu to the following generations, including how his works of “Ciji” and “Cishi” bring convenience to the collection and classification of Ci; how the multidimensional and objective theoretical framework of “Cishi” serves as a reference for the drafting of Ci history; how “Cishi” promotes the transformation of traditional Ci study to modern Ci study. Besides, the present study discusses the teaching activities conducted by Liu in an attempt to examine the need of adjustment of the current tendency of university education, in which academic research was seen as more important than knowledge impartation. Finally, by studying “Cishi”, this paper explores how the current academic circle could strike a balance between theoretical development and Ci history description.
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