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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (1): 129–159.
Published: 01 April 2017
..., but it is also highlighted as a narrative act, in which a network of textual and intertextual references is made to emphasize the significance of physical desire. Focusing on this network, this article examines the importance of eroticism in the making of the novel and explores how the Stone reinterprets...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (1): 19–55.
Published: 01 April 2017
..., and the preface and postface to Xiang's collected works) on Aromal Arbor, the article concludes that the reason the space of his garden became a site of memory was due to the way it captured the tension between setting down roots and a nostalgic desire for return that defined the literati ethos of twelfth-century...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (2): 289–311.
Published: 01 November 2016
... between the two that allows the reader to have as much space for imagination as desired. Copyright © 2017 by Duke University Press 2017 Lu Xun Les contemporains Zhuangzi Wen xuan Zhou Zouren In January 1990, eighty-five-year-old writer Shi Zhucun 施蟄存 (1905–2003) completed his memoir...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2023) 10 (2): 379–402.
Published: 01 November 2023
...Liu Ziyun; Yuefan Wang Abstract Lovesickness ( xiangsi bing ), a disease of qing (sentiment, passion, feeling, desire, and love), emerged as a literary topos in China's medieval lyrical tradition and was developed through late imperial drama and fiction. This article examines narratives...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (2): 486–490.
Published: 01 November 2020
... through consummation. In other words, while Jia Rui is warned not to give in to temptation, Baoyu is encouraged to embrace it. Prevented from consummating his lust, Jia Rui never fulfills his sexual desire and this lack finally consumes his life. Yet because Baoyu is allowed to experience desire fully...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2023) 10 (1): 169–194.
Published: 01 April 2023
... intertextuality Chen Duansheng Without any desire to settle into conjugal bliss, Cross-dressed, she sets her will on repaying [the emperor] in whatever small way she can. 琴瑟無心偕伉儷,衣冠有志報涓埃。 —Chen, Zaisheng yuan , 57.797 The corpus of tanci 彈詞 novels written by women during the late imperial period...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2014) 1 (1-2): 262–288.
Published: 01 November 2014
...) as “cutting off a section to get a desired meaning” ( duanzhang quyi 斷章取義). Although this phrase would acquire a more negative connotation over time, it was originally a neutral characterization of the interactive fushi and yinshi in pre-Han times. In assessing the historical significance...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (1): 56–90.
Published: 01 April 2017
... the gaze into a desired space seems to be a rich assortment of objects—wall, window curtain, bedcover, chamber door, and screen—but what is predominantly obstructing is unspecified, as in Zhou Bangyan's 周邦彥 (1056–1121) “To the Tune Fengliu zi ” (風流子). 15 In all these ci spaces, we see these male...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2023) 10 (1): 294–296.
Published: 01 April 2023
... Dynasty Figures of Longing and Desire: Gender and Interiority in Chinese Painting and Poetry (2018). MARAM EPSTEIN is a professor of late imperial Chinese literature at the University of Oregon. Her primary interests are xiaoshuo aesthetics, representations of gender, and histories of emotion. She...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 509–512.
Published: 01 November 2019
... of Sensuality reconstructs how sensualist poets and other writers of these eras, in embracing and praising desire and love, were operating as cultural and political dissidents who first rejected orthodox neo-Confucianism and eventually also the radical cultural reform agenda of the late Qing and the New...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 59–88.
Published: 01 April 2021
... choice of “high-minded shi ” ( gaoshi 高士) is also interesting, because Zhong Sicheng deliberately distanced himself from “high-minded shi ” 高尚之士 in his preface. 16 The word choice rather reveals Jia's desire to see Zhong Sicheng as a shi. Jia Zhongming's interpretation of The Register...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2023) 10 (1): 137–168.
Published: 01 April 2023
... on visual representations of their own gender in generic forms—nameless beauties in conventional settings. 5 Ironically, the gendered representations of this subgenre of paintings were initially constructed for male scopophilic pleasure and desire. My reading of four cases of women's poetic ekphrasis...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (2): 248–278.
Published: 01 November 2017
.... In Chanlin sengbao zhuan , when Huaicheng still had no idea that Huinan had betrayed him, he sent a monk to test Huinan in his teaching. Huinan said, “It is said that I do not bring it to a finish, and just imitate your deluded desires. It is like saying the South Dipper consists of seven stars...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 487–491.
Published: 01 November 2019
..., embody the destructive power of se 色 (desires). This symbolic vocabulary became the basic language of much of late imperial fiction; I wish Doran had provided a clearer insight into how much of this was new, or even unusual, by the eighth century and to what extent the negative depictions...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (1): 57–84.
Published: 01 April 2016
... forms of sexuality (including heterosexual relationships, male same-sex eroticism and desire, and female same-sex desire) was not only allowed but even well received among its wide audience of men and women, common people, and the literati. This is probably related to the popularity of the tanci...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (2): 481–485.
Published: 01 November 2020
... a desire to avoid “repeating the standard grand narrative of Chinese history behind its poetry” (xxi) by focusing more on “historical snapshots” and anecdotes that that are not part of the “official” historical record. The “grand narrative” of Chinese literature itself, however, is more difficult to avoid...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (1): 56–95.
Published: 01 April 2019
... of their desire to emulate these “traces of the Former Kings” ( xianwang zhi ji 先王之跡) stems from the short inscriptions they carved into a number of their grave goods, which echo the form and placement (and in some cases even the script) of the commemorative inscriptions cast on Western Zhou bronzes. 28...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (1): 134–172.
Published: 01 April 2015
... to be the wife of a renowned husband is expressed in the opening lines of scene 44, “Perils and Difficulties” ( MDT 44.1–3; PP 248). Her passion is readily displaced by her desire for social position. 47. Schafer sorts out the differences among these woods in Golden Peaches of Samarkand , 134–38...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 251–257.
Published: 01 November 2015
... are randomly arranged. The results of these statistical comparisons reveal that tonal contrast found in these three collections arose out of an intuitive fondness for musical cadence rather than an intentional manipulation of tones to achieve a desired aesthetic effect. Song also notes that the proportion...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 461–482.
Published: 01 November 2019
... life and placid writing style as reflections of his inner nature: a freethinking spirit, unsullied by desire of fame and wealth. His poems and prose pieces, perfect vehicles for his characters, exercised considerable influence on subsequent literary and nonliterary creations. They continued...