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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 115–148.
Published: 01 April 2020
...Chiung-yun Evelyn Liu Abstract The Eunuch Sanbao's Voyage to the Western Ocean , a late sixteenth-century novel loosely based on the historical expeditions commanded by Zheng He (1371–1433), is a peculiar mixture of factual accounts of foreign lands and fantastic narrative. While previous studies...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2018) 5 (2): 411–437.
Published: 01 November 2018
...Yi-Long Huang; Bingyu Zheng Abstract By investigating two literary allusions, chuzhi 蜍志 and lüdai 呂袋, found in poems from the Ming-Qing period, this article seeks to discover new ways to combine traditional philological techniques and digital research methodologies in the study of Chinese...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2014) 1 (1-2): 1–28.
Published: 01 November 2014
...Keith McMahon Abstract Literary and historical sources assumed ulterior, even diabolical, motives in the man who voluntarily became a eunuch. If he was lucky, he could become the ruler's confidant and even usurp imperial power. Focusing on Ming eunuch Wei Zhongxian (1568–1627), the article...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (2): 357–399.
Published: 01 November 2016
...). Although they are products of his last student years in Japan, the fact that he chose to include the two longest of them at the very front of his 1926 anthology Fen 墳 (The Grave) indicates that he considered the views expressed therein neither too immature nor too dated to reprint at the height of his...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 359–382.
Published: 01 November 2019
...Kai-Wing Chow Abstract The Qianlong emperor bequeathed the largest number of Chinese poems of any emperor, and perhaps of any poet, in the history of imperial China. But how do we make sense of the fact that Qianlong had been adamant in maintaining and preserving what he considered the essence of...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 149–166.
Published: 01 April 2020
... grave crisis. But while Shi Yi is treated sympathetically by the play, he is not the heroic redeemer of a fallen dynasty like other Zheng Chenggong proxies that appear in early Qing narratives, such as Shuihu houzhuan 水滸後傳 (Later Tales of Water Margin ). 35 As his name makes clear, it is Song...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2018) 5 (2): 375–410.
Published: 01 November 2018
... Literature), in which he described the Ming archaist movement as the “imitating antiquity movement” ( nigu yundong 擬古運動) and compared the emergence of the Gongan school to the feeling of fleeing a cemetery of ancient rulers and suddenly finding oneself in a blooming garden. 7 For Zheng, the rapid...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 461–482.
Published: 01 November 2019
... withdrew. 4. 貞觀十五年《杜榮墓誌》:⌈梁竦之不仕州縣,豈獨徒為大言;元亮之性樂山水,實亦心存恬曠。在縣一年,遂掛冠辭秩。⌋ 6 Thirteenth year of Zheng Guan reign, “Epitaph of Lu Shiji”: His father was named Qing, magistrate of the Lou County. He governed as a virtuous scholar-official, while his life resembled the style of a hermit. He admired Tao...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (1): 1–25.
Published: 01 April 2016
..., and stylized surroundings. Noting that Wang is especially adept at using visual (and occasionally auditory) cues to convey the inner state of the personae that inhabit his quatrains, and taking into account the importance he apparently places on establishing a bodily presence within a given poem (as...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (2): 360–382.
Published: 01 November 2017
... military affairs. 1 Bao Zheng's fame continued to grow posthumously. With the rise of vernacular literature and the performing arts from the Southern Song (1127–1279) onward, he was featured in numerous plays, novels, and short stories. Best known as the impartial and courageous Judge Bao, he has...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (1): 175–202.
Published: 01 April 2016
..., observation of Chinese daily life, and appreciation of Chinese literature. The author concludes by noting the growing interest in both Japan and the English-speaking world of scholars and translators, in earlier editions of Yuan drama. Copyright © 2016 by Duke University Press 2016 Zheng Qian Xu...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (2): 339–381.
Published: 01 November 2020
... agreed to risk his life to go to the Qin as an envoy. This decision was made partly because he felt honor bound to reciprocate the Duke of Zheng's honorable apology and partly because he saw the Qin invasion threatening his own self-preservation. Then, in the Qin court, he tried to talk the Qin out of...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (2): 491–501.
Published: 01 November 2020
...); the fact that the same scene—an adviser urges the lord to take action, but he refuses—is described three times in different ways; and most of all by the description of the battles between the two brothers: Dashu, it is said, had his stronghold in Jing, roughly forty kilometers northwest of the Zheng...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2014) 1 (1-2): 289–308.
Published: 01 November 2014
... old script versions circulating. When Zheng Xuan composed his commentary, he combined the traditions of ritual learning to create the basis for a fixed edition. As emphasized above, the Liji is a composite text made up of material from a wide range of ritual learning traditions. The text...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 483–486.
Published: 01 November 2019
... on page 93 (n. 1), he cannot have been an examination-schooled literatus, given his “ignorance of recent history” and the way he mixes up the names of famous contemporary scholars. But Zhang is brilliant at describing the world of commercial travelers and brokers and the perils faced by the innocent...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 1–6.
Published: 01 April 2020
... special emphasis on the Muslim and multilingual background of the character based on the historical Zheng He 鄭和 (1371–1433), who led the early Ming expeditions. Depiction of the sufferings of defeated “barbarians” evokes a common humanity that may raise questions on the human toll of Ming victories...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 87–114.
Published: 01 April 2020
... himself too. He purchases her and promptly takes her back to his apartment. Two days later, Zheng goes off on an errand, and when he returns he finds the woman has absconded, with all of his wealth that she emptied from his luggage. Zheng goes to Sun's room, but there is no sign of Sun either. Zheng...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2018) 5 (2): 438–440.
Published: 01 November 2018
... Materials of the Study of Ci Poetry (2004), and A Study of the Literary Communication of Song Dynasty (2013), among others. He is also a three-time winner of the Xia Chengtao Ci -Poetry Research Award. BINGYU ZHENG is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of History at New York...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (2): 336–359.
Published: 01 November 2017
... misidentified an examinee's essay. The examinee was Zheng Xie 鄭獬 (1022–1072, jinshi ca. 1049–1053), who seemed to already enjoy quite a bit of fame among contemporaries for his literary talent but was ranked only fifth in the Imperial Academy. Unhappy with the result, he wrote sarcastic (parallel) lines in...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (2): 429–447.
Published: 01 November 2016
... lives to old age. As an intellectual approaching eighty years of age, he feels keenly aware of his own uselessness, while so many talented and brave writers have met their deaths prematurely: “Now in my senescence, I can see myself to be a useless man, useless timber, ambitionless and talentless. The...