Skip to main content
Contribution to Book
Elevation of belles lettres
Hawaii reader in traditional Chinese culture
  • Zongqi CAI, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Document Type
Book chapter
Publication Date
University of Hawaii Press

Although literature was produced in the earliest eras of Chinese civilization, it remained for a very long time as part of historical, philosophical, or different forms of practical discourses. It was not until after the Han that the Chinese began to discuss the intrinsic aesthetic value of literature, to advocate and institutionalize literary pursuits for their own sake, and to confer a respectable social status upon literary writers. Particularity remembered for such endeavors to elevate belles lettres are three brothers of the ruling family of the Liang dynasty: Xiao Tong (501-531), Xiao Gang (503-551), and Xiao Yi (508-554).

Publisher Statement
Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.
Additional Information
ISBN of the source publication: 9780824827854
Full-text Version
Publisher’s Version
Citation Information
Cai, Z.-q. (2005). Elevation of belles lettres. In V. H. Mair, N. S. Steinhardt & P. R. Goldin (Eds.), Hawaii reader in traditional Chinese culture (pp.282-287). Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.