A Study on Guaishuo(怪說) Written by Shi, jie(石介)
Shi, jie(石介) is an important politician, a Confucian and a writer in Northern Song Dynasty with Songliujia(宋六家) such as Ouyang, xiu(歐陽修), Su, shi(蘇軾) and so on. Also, he has been respected as a trailblazer in the field of Songxue(宋學), and he is called Songchusanxiansheng(宋初三先生) with hu, yuan(胡瑗), Sun, fu(孫復). He influenced on literature, politics and scholarship of Northern Song period. In spite of his ability, he has been devalued in the part of Chinese classical prose and Guwenyundong(古文運動). Guaishuo(怪說) is a representative prose by shijie, it has many sources of new style Songliujia’s thoughts and opinions on movement of the Guwenyundong. He is one of the most influential figures in wide areas such as politics, literature and academic fields of Northern Song Dynasty. Especially Guaishuo is involved thoughts of advancing Confucianism, influencing the Writing style, encouraging political and literal reformers. Shi, jie has different, strong and explicit opinions in writing style and thoughts. Xikunti(西崑體) of Yang, yi(楊億), Buddhism and Taoism was violently antagonized by Shi, jie. Guaishuo is the prose of expression of these contents by using many literary techniques, such as literary structures, applied short sentences and long sentences, well-used Xuzi(虛字), Paibi(排比), forming an antithesis, exclamatory sentences, asking in return and so on.
Northern Song Dynasty,
Xikunti(西崑體) of Yang,