This event is phase two of "The Worst Chinese Poetry: A Virtual Workshop" held by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies at UCSB. This event is open to the public. It lasts two days (June 1-2), and you are welcome to choose either day, or both, to attend.
Day 1 (June 1) will feature roundtables based upon our larger workshop held in April. Fourteen scholars, clustered by theme, will discuss the topics Vulgarity and Frivolity; Commenting, Framing, and Judging; Appropriation and Aesthetics; and Foreignness and Chineseness.
Day 2 (June 2) will begin with a reflection on the workshop and project led by Ronald Egan, Richard John Lynn, and Michelle Yeh, then will shift to a free-form discussion open to all, addressing the aesthetic, social, and political standards of what made certain poems "bad" throughout Chinese history.