About the author: Bi Xiyan, BA, MA (Beijing), PhD and Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney, has specialized in Chinese literature from the Han to the Song dynasties and published on Shi ji, Du Fu, Liu Yuxi, and Su Shi. She has also published creative fiction.2003 0-7734-6717-3
This is the first extensive study of the concept of “rule” in Su Shi (c. 1065) and its application to his prose. It argues that his understanding of literary rules and conventions was predicated on a wider concept of regulation in every human sphere. Su’s application of rules and conventions is analysed in three prose genres: funerary writing, literary accounts and rhapsodies.