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Questions on Composition Time of Han Yu’s Explanation upon Entering the Academy: Refuting the Annals of Han Yu’s Explanation upon Entering the Academy in Old Book of Tang
Pages: 51-55
Year: Issue:  2
Journal: Humanities & Social Sciences Journal of Hainan University

Keyword:  Han YuExplanation upon Entering the Academycomposition timeinternal evidence of text;
Abstract: In terms of the composition time of Han Yu’s famous works Explanation upon Entering the Academy, the great majority of the contemporary scholars believe that it was composed from 812-813 A. D. when he was banished due to Liujian Incident,demoted from the head of the Supreme Academy to a mere doctor. The judgment lies in the narration about Han Yu in Old Book of Tang,according to which Han Yu won the recognition from the official in office and was promoted to be the doctor at Bibu Department and historiographer when he finished writing Explanation upon Entering the Academy as a demoted doctor. Starting from the text of Han Yu’s Explanation upon Entering the Academy and other works and taking into account the discussions of such scholars as Zhu Xi and Hong Xingzu in the Song Dynasty about the creation time of Explanation upon Entering the Academy,the paper raises a few questions about the statement in Old Book of Tang,further proposing that Explanation upon Entering the Academy was composed during 808-809 A. D.
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