Literary and Historical Approaches to Fifth Century Historical Documents

Collaborative Group

Dr. Zeb Raft


Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy




This workshop will use literary, historical and historiographical perspectives to explore the vast documentary record preserved in the History of the Liu-Song (compiled 488). The workshop will encourage literary scholars to rethink the literary work in terms of its role in the historiographical tradition, and historical scholars to look more closely at the structural and ornamental features of historical source materials. The workshop will produce high quality translations, along with a guide to the documents contained in this source. The workshop will also offer an opportunity to reconsider our understanding – literary and historical – of the first three-quarters of the fifth century.