The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons
The Literary Mind and the Carving of Dragons is a work of Chinese literary theory authored by Liu Xie (roughly 465-520), a writer of the Southern Dynasties. It systematically deals with the relationship between form and content, etymology, and literature reform. Additionally, it highlights the basic features of specific figurativeness of artistic mentality in the exploration of literary creation. It was first to raise questions of figurative thinking during artistic creation. This work displays conscious knowledge of artistic essence and the features of literature, and set a precedent for the study of abstract thought.