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LRCCS Noon Lecture Series | Periphery, Locality, and Status in Writings from Sixteenth-Century Dali, Yunnan

Eloise Wright, LRCCS Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan

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From 1253, when Mongol armies invaded the independent Dali Kingdom in the southeastern foothills of the Himalayas, its capital, Dali, was transformed into a remote periphery of Yuan and then Ming empires. By the sixteenth century, Dali's gentry families, both indigenous and migrant, were increasingly educating their sons in the classical tradition, to enroll in the civil service examinations and take positions as Ming officials. How did their experiences transform the ways that Dali's literati wrote about their hometown, about its people, and about themselves?

Eloise Wright is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan. Her research explores practices of reading and writing literary Chinese in what is now southwest China from 1250 to 1700. She received her PhD in History from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2019.

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