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This article analyzes poetry during the Tang dynasty by using the cultural dimension as an analytical lens. I have selected eightyseven Tang poems dealing with war that were compiled in the Complete Tang Poetry (全唐诗 Quán Táng Shī), commissioned by the Kangxi 康熙 emperor of the Qing 清 dynasty (1644-1911 AD). The research paper takes the approach of discourse studies, which postulates that language, literature, culture, and society are inseparably related. These poems were compiled by the Qing court to shape tradition and form a dominant ideology in the society. They contain hidden agendas on subjects such as race, class, and gender. These poems are good resources for analyzing the power relations, discourse, and ideology embedded in them. I focus on the relationship between discourse and ideology, especially I will examine what kind of dominant discourse and counter-dominant discourse these poems construct, as well as analyze which ideology is presented via the discourse in Chinese society.



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