Chinese Exchange Poems

A Social-Network Analysis of Late Medieval China.

Rewriting the literary history of the Tang dynasty using a social network analysis of exchange poems from the “golden age” of Chinese verse

  • Project Director

  • Tom Mazanec
  • Technical Lead

  • Tom Mazanec
  • Network Analysis and Data Visualization Specialist

  • Claude Willan
  • Technical Advisor

  • Han Zhang
  • Researcher

  • Han Zhang

Chinese Exchange Poems culls metadata from over 10,000 exchange poems from ninth- and tenth-century China to create an online dataset and interactive network map of literary relations which can then be analyzed as a social network. By analyzing late medieval Chinese exchange poetry in this way, this project will effectively rewrite the literary history of the Tang dynasty (618–907), considered by many the golden age of Chinese poetry. It will show that the schools and divisions proposed by current scholars bear little relation to the actual practice of poetry-writing, and instead demonstrate that many assumed barriers (between cliques, between monks and laity, etc.) are regularly crossed.