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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (1): 92–133.
Published: 01 April 2015
..., calligraphies, and paintings that he produced. He began with ten poems in 1503, prompted by an illness that kept him from enjoying the seasonal blossoming of spring fruit trees in the Suzhou area. Shen's intention was to record his meditations on the passage of time and human mortality, but the act of writing...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (1): 1–7.
Published: 01 April 2015
... is immediately obvious, as they register his unresolved anxiety about self-representation, his sense of uncertainty and misgiving regarding the past, memory, and what Tao Yuanming describes as “the ultimate becoming.” But his lament on human mortality can hardly be taken as a finalizing statement...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2023) 10 (1): 108–136.
Published: 01 April 2023
... of reach. Wang Zigao is a figure in a Su Shi 蘇軾 (1037–1101) poem, “City of Lotuses” 芙蓉城, which tells of a man's erotic encounter with a female celestial who takes him in a dream to the realm of the immortals. The encounter, as fleeting as it is sensuous, ends with Wang's disillusioned return to the mortal...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2023) 10 (2): 461–486.
Published: 01 November 2023
... documents—two memorials plus one letter—in various Ming prints of Xiyou ji . In particular, I demonstrate that the producers of the novels had, in their own ways, raised questions about the tension between the emperor as a mortal subject to death and as a sovereign who may not be subject to the rule...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2023) 10 (2): 403–437.
Published: 01 November 2023
... studies but serves as an additional way to frame the questions of the human-animal and mortal-immortal divides, as I investigate below. As a demon-immortal, Monkey is a thief who tries to steal the cosmos from its established rulers. In such a guise, he distantly recalls the iconic status in centuries...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2018) 5 (2): 411–437.
Published: 01 November 2018
... passed away just a few days after socializing with Yiquan. Yiquan wrote this poem to lament the loss of his close companion, comforting himself with the thought that, although Li's talents were never recognized by the emperor of the mortal world, he would certainly see favor from the ruler...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2014) 1 (1-2): 1–28.
Published: 01 November 2014
... ). Shenyang : Liaoshen shushe , 1994 . Hamilton, James , and Gordon Mestler . “ Mortality and Survival: Comparison of Eunuchs with Intact Men and Women in a Mentally Retarded Population. ” Journal of Gerontology 24 , no. 4 ( 1969 ): 395 – 411 . He Mengmei 何夢梅 (nineteenth century...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2014) 1 (1-2): 125–154.
Published: 01 November 2014
...書置余案 22 At the top is written “Yearning forever” 上言長相思 At the bottom “Why are you not willing?” 下言胡不願 24 Alas! 吁嗟乎 In life who would not delight in longevity? 人生誰不樂長生 26 I pity myself that I have not perfected my mortal bones. 自憐凡骨修未成 [4.11a–b] The song draws...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (1): 129–159.
Published: 01 April 2017
... in the affair of Baoyu and Disenchantment's sister Keqing 可卿 (chapter 5), as she represents the ultimate combination of his mortal loves; Baoyu's desire to touch Baochai's 寶釵 snow-white arm and how he justifies this feeling (thinking that someday he could touch Daiyu's 黛玉 skin) reveal a hint of sexual love...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (1): 26–56.
Published: 01 April 2016
... natural springs of the region in order to raise water levels on the Grand Canal, thereby facilitating grain transport to the North. It seems fitting then that Poem #9, Gong's tribute to Cuiwei Hill, ends with the arresting image of crimson soil eating away at the mortal remains buried beneath...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (1): 134–172.
Published: 01 April 2015
... exclaims, “Gee whiz! This is, after all, a picture of a mortal woman amusing herself” 呀,此乃人間女子行樂圖也 ( MDT 26.13; PP 145). As though in accordance with Liniang's wish, the poetic inscription defines the meaning of the picture. Words apparently set the viewer straight. Wondering whether he ever...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 215–231.
Published: 01 April 2020
... as mortals, their trials on Earth, and their ultimate return to celestial positions by play's end. In the final scene of Meng zhong yuan , the Daoist priest reveals that the rebel kings are all celestial animals who stealthily came down to Earth, while the sworn brothers had all been flower goddesses...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2022) 9 (1): 131–169.
Published: 01 April 2022
..., in that, broadly defined, it recounts deeds of great valor that bear consequence for the community to which the hero belongs. An epic plot is typically focused on the deeds of a single person or hero, mortal though exceptionally strong, intelligent, or brave, and often assisted or opposed by gods. Epic is set...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (2): 429–447.
Published: 01 November 2016
...春帶雨, evoking a beautiful young woman bathed in tears. The chrysanthemum, an autumn flower, ironically suggests age and mortality. Hu Wenhui cites an account of another university administrator at this time who was attacked so vehemently during his four-hour-long public self-criticism that he ended...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2022) 9 (1): 195–224.
Published: 01 April 2022
... in the Black Forest as the idealized site where the natural and the human worlds fuse, where “the self-sufficiency of the power to let earth and heaven, divinities and mortals enter in simple oneness into things, ordered the house.” 7 Meanwhile, Gaston Bachelard speaks of an “oneiric house...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 432–460.
Published: 01 November 2019
... with at night, or even that their descent to the mortal realm heralded or brought on the night. The Lisao describes it thus: “Wu Xian [ancestral spirit of shamans] was about to descend in the evening. . . . The many spirits all descended darkening the sky” 巫咸將夕降兮 ······ 百神翳其備降兮. 69 Singing through...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 87–114.
Published: 01 April 2020
... one-tenth of his wealth). This is not just a financial catastrophe for him; it is a mortal punishment. The details at the end about the exposure of his corpse and eventual burial without even a cheap coffin complete the divine punishment of reducing him to utter penury. The wealthy merchant who had...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2022) 9 (2): 308–337.
Published: 01 November 2022
... or short, changing and transforming, but ultimately bound to an end. As the ancient people said, “Life and death are the greatest matters.” How painful it is! 及其所之既惓,情隨事遷,感慨係之矣。向之所欣,俛仰之閒,已為陳跡,猶不能不以之興懐;況脩短隨化,終期於盡。古人云:「死生亦大矣。」豈不痛哉! 68 This sorrow is rooted in the realization of the mortality...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2018) 5 (1): 148–178.
Published: 01 April 2018
... to the local greengrocer. That is the sort of person I am. However much I may be enthralled by the lark and the rape blossoms [i.e., Western poetry and the material culture associated with it], I am still mortal enough to have no desire to camp out in the middle of the mountains [i.e., Tao's and Wang's poetry...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 347–379.
Published: 01 November 2015
... A A A D 6 Hū suí rén shì wǎng 忽隨人事往 Would suddenly have gone the way of mortal men? D A A C B 7 Chǐ bì ěr hé qiú 尺璧爾何虯 A jade disc of great worth—how utterly unjust! D D B A A 8 Yí dàn tóng qiū rǎng 一旦同丘壤 Reduced in one brief morning to a mound of earth! D...