Library Speech | Introduction to the Painting, Calligraphy and Books of the Song Dynasty

Dear Library Users,

You are earnestly invited to the Library Speech given by Dr. Kuan-yen Liu on December 5, 2018 at the University Library.


Introduction to the Painting, Calligraphy and Books of the Song Dynasty


19:00 – 20:30


Exhibition Hall




Dr. Kuan-yen Liu is Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Science. Before joining CUHKSZ, he taught courses on Western thought and literature as well as Chinese thought and literature in the Comparative Literature Program at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at UCSB and previously earned his B.A. from National Chengchi University in Taiwan, with a double major in English Literature and Philosophy as well as minors in History and Chinese Literature. Having been immersed in classical Chinese culture since childhood, he emulates the Stele Style and learns the Small Seal Script. In addition, his classical Chinese poems have been published in Twenty-Year Anthology of Chien Kun Poetry Quarterly (2016).


In conjunction with the exhibition of “The Song Studio” in the library of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen, this talk aims to give a brief introduction to the historical and cultural developments of the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and contextualize the exhibited objects, like books, painting and calligraphy, within the history of Song politics, philosophy, literature and art. Dr. Kuan-yen Liu will analyze both the intellectual backgrounds and aesthetic values of these exhibits.

         This talk will be delivered in Chinese on Dec 5, 2018, and Dr. Liu will also give an English talk that approaches Song calligraphy and painting from the perspectives of Chinese-Western comparative aesthetics and East-West intercultural history on December 12, 2018.