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PhD student Avital Rom publishes MPhil research in top journal

last modified Jun 06, 2017 03:43 PM

Avital Rom, PhD student in Chinese Studies, has published a paper that grew out of her MPhil research in "Early China", a top journal in the field. 

The Huainanzi text (淮南子 presented in 139 b.c.e. compiled by Liu An 劉安 179–122 b.c.e.), while defining itself as a political guide, is replete with references to Music (yue 樂) itself and music-related terms. While no chapter of the work’s twenty-one chapters is specifically dedicated to the subject of music, no single chapter of it is without musical references. This gives rise to the question: Which functions could music possibly have in such an overtly political text?

The paper, "Echoing Rulership: Understanding musical references in the Huainanzi" examines the interactions between music and the social and political spheres in the Huainanzi.

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