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"Dislocated Memories: Urban Space and Diasporic Nostaligia in Song China," Ari Daniel Levine, associate professor of history. He is a cultural historian of early modern China.This project will culminate in a monograph about cultural memory and urban space in early modern China. When Kaifeng, the capital of the Northern Song dynasty (960-1127), which fell to Jurchen invaders in 1126-7, post-conquest literati of the Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279) responded to this political cataclysm and cultural crisis with a sense of homelessness. Relocated to South China, they left behind a literature of exile and defeat, which expressed nostalgia for the city’s street life and urban spaces. This study explains how Kaifeng became a site of collective memory, and how diasporic literati produced a refashioned past that salved the trauma of personal and national loss.Part of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts 2012-2013 Fellows Series.
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