The Formation of the Concept of Xing in the Pre-Tang Periods

  • Jixi YuanEmail author
Part of the Key Concepts in Chinese Thought and Culture book series (KCCTC)


Although the aesthetic concept of Xing was formulated in the pre-Qin periods when the recorded history became available, its application in expressing life experiences occurred in pre-historical societies. During the Wei, Jin, Southern and Northern dynasties, the development of Xing, a key concept of the Chinese classic aesthetics, reached its zenith as the most important field of aesthetics and arts. Literature and aesthetic studies were no longer treated as an appendage of politics or ethics but as a valve head to let off first-hand feelings and a medium of thoughts.


Bi and Xing Fu Mei and Ci Seven feelings Six forms 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Renmin University of ChinaBeijingChina

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