Frontiers of Literary Studies in China

, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 78–89

“One cane, one life”: On the cultural implications of the cane for song dynasty writers

Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11702-011-0119-9

Cite this article as:
Shen, J. Front. Lit. Stud. China (2011) 5: 78. doi:10.1007/s11702-011-0119-9


The cane is a frequent subject in Song Literature. Its tremendous variety is starting. Meanwhile, cane-related materials, costumes, circumstances and activities reflect distinct inclination, carrying rich cultural and aesthetic implications. From the “cane literature,” we see clearly the evolution of worldviews, values, aesthetic tastes and literary claims of Song writers, as well as the selective inheritance of Song culture from preceding literatures. It can be concluded that, in a certain sense, the cane of ancient Chinese writers embodies a history of literature, of aesthetic, and of philosophy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of ArtsShenzhen UniversityShenzhenChina