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Han Jingtai, the Doctoral Supervisor from BLCU lectures on “Song-style Culture” and its Literary Thoughts

Publish Time:2016-10-19 Author:Wei Xuebao, Su Mengwei, Feng Xuefu Hits:105

On 15thOctober, Prof. Han Jingtai, former vice-president of Beijing Language and Culture University(BLCU), chief expert inCapital international culture research base onphilosophy &social sciences,givesa lecture titled“Song-style culture and itsliterary thoughtsat the invitationof our college.His encyclopediaknowledge, insightful views and affable attitudes leaves a deep impression on our youths.

During the lecture, Prof. Han proposed his objection to the previous contemptuous wording about Song Dynasty. He saidfrom the perspective of the history of Chinese culture,the Song and Liao Dynasties resemblesthe Nan-Bei Dynastyboth in its territorial confrontation and cultural prosperity.People talk of Song'sweak military power, yet they rarely know the cultural and economic booming in Song Dynasty rivals that in Tang Dynasty. He evenhighlyappraised “the Song-style Culture” as the “peak” of Chinese cultural civilization.

Prof. Hanalso believed democratic philosophy, literati spirit and their aesthetic pursuitsare the roots ofthose achievements. Song-style culture values independent personality,democratic aspiration, moral-integrityand enterprising Confucian tradition, supportingSong-people,especially thosescholar-officialsin feudal China,to actively participate in politics and appreciatethe harmony of nature. They developed their own way of showing themselves. Those unique poetic aspiration, artistic dialecticsoriginatingfromZenBuddhism and theirrespect forlaws of artisticcreation are awesomely alluring even in the modern society..

The thought- provoking lecture greatly aroused our teachers and studentscuriosity in China's cultural heritage.Questions went one after another at the end of Pro. Han's addressing.

Prof. Han'sbooksincludeEssays on the History of Song Poetry, Roaming at Both Ends(Song Dynasty, Chinese aesthetic history), etc..

Translated by Ding Xiaoyang

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