Solitude: Chinese Poetry in Performance

An evening of classical Chinese poems recited and chanted in Chinese by Sujane Wu, with English translations. For centuries, Chinese people have entrusted their most profound and heartfelt utterances to poetry, the form that has come to be recognized as characteristic of the Chinese literary spirit at its greatest. Wu will present poems that treat the theme and circumstance of solitude from a range of dynasties and styles, with remarks on musical interpretation as well as on multiple translations. A scholar and Smith faculty member, she has been studying, performing, and writing extensively on Classical Chinese poetry for two decades.

Presented by East Asian Languages & Literatures and East Asian Studies