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Le décentrement du regard géographique dans le Shuijing zhu de Li Daoyuan († 527)

Abstract : A fundamental but little known work on the history and geography of ancient China, the Shuijing zhu or Annotations to the Itineraries of Rivers was compiled at the beginning of the 6th century by Li Daoyuan (died 527), a Chinese scholar who served the non-Chinese court of the Northern Wei. The text contains much information about rivers and mountains, cities and their organisation, but also about local cults, regional legends and notable people. The Shuijing zhu is a true compendium of knowledge, especially technical. It also traces the evolution of Chinese landscape over time, and serves as a repository of local writings that would have been lost otherwise. After presenting the author and his text, the first part of the article analyses the development of geographical literature in light of a “decentering” of the geographical perspective. A second part focuses on the formal implications of such a decentering, through the choice of annotation, of a textual architecture derived from the rivers of the empire and beyond, and through the overall coherence and accuracy of hydrographic descriptions.
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Alexis Lycas. Le décentrement du regard géographique dans le Shuijing zhu de Li Daoyuan († 527). Bulletin de l'Ecole française d'Extrême-Orient, EFEO, 2018, 104 (1), pp.241-266. ⟨10.3406/befeo.2018.6273⟩. ⟨halshs-02308336⟩

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