The empire of the text: writing and authority in early imperial China

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 209 pages
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This unique study argues that in the Qin-Han period, there arose in China a regime of textual authority-one that overlapped but did not coincide with imperial authority. Drawing on a wide range of research and theory, Connery makes an original contribution to the analysis of early imperial elite culture, particularly in the fields of literature and linguistics, intellectual, and institutional history.

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Textual Authority and Textual Practice
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About the author (1998)

Connery is Associate Professor of Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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