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Chinese Literary Theory

"The two opposite views of literary theory originating from the intrinsic contradiction of “poetry expresses aspirations” are always colliding. What is beneath the practical view of literature and art is another view based on literariness. ..." – By Shunqing Cao

Close Reading

"Close reading, then, is a method, or a loose collection of methods, aimed at evaluating how a text is assembled and discerning the implications of its linguistic choices. Close reading has a long history, embedded in the exegetical traditions of sacred texts, and hews closely to the history of philology, especially as that discipline sought to establish authoritative texts from among its various witnesses. ..." – By Mark Byron

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