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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 87–114.
Published: 01 April 2020
...Ronald Egan Abstract Yijian zhi , the massive collection of supernatural tales compiled by Hong Mai (1123–1202) in the twelfth century, gives considerable attention to merchant figures and even members of more lowly walks of life (e.g., soldiers, butchers, waiters, and singing girls...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (2): 420–438.
Published: 01 November 2017
... of the prefectural government. To the Tune “Fortune-Teller” 卜算子 Yan Rui 嚴蕊 It's not that I enjoy the singing girl's sordid life, 不是愛風塵 2 It must be karma from a former life that put me here. 似被前身誤 Flowers fall and flowers bloom, according to their time, 花落花開自有時 4 All controlled...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2018) 5 (1): 66–94.
Published: 01 April 2018
... the priorities of High Tang poets. He claims they were more concerned with imitating ancient styles as a game and following prosodic conventions for the convenience of singing girls than in crafting politically relevant, morally uplifting compositions. Yuan's priorities are reflected in his choices for inclusion...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 1–6.
Published: 01 April 2020
... issue deal with cultural difference from various perspectives. In “Closer to Home,” Ronald Egan shows us how the scholar-official Hong Mai's 洪邁 (1123–1202) stories about merchants, con artists, or singing girls amount to a conscious effort to explore terrains beyond “this culture of ours...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2022) 9 (1): 47–78.
Published: 01 April 2022
... for “truth.” A time-honored poetic form for personal expression, shi “could make the assumption of genuineness. . . . In contrast, genuineness was a problem in the song lyric” (45–46). When one hears a singing girl performing “her” love song created by a male ci writer, one is listening...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2022) 9 (2): 397–424.
Published: 01 November 2022
... This poem tentatively teases the boundary of a courtesan writer and a gentry lady writer because the vivid description of such details as the bright red color of the singing girl's dress, the fragrant incense, and the private feelings in the most intimate moments in the pleasure quarter blurs the border...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (1): 56–90.
Published: 01 April 2017
... literature are so evocative of space-bound and performance-oriented practice as ci poetry. The early literati ci , written to various entertaining melodies and performed by trained musicians, professional courtesans, and singing girls, were usually situated in urban settings, entertainment quarters, inner...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 167–191.
Published: 01 April 2020
.... In Gu's eyes, Tian Shunnian's girls had excellent natural endowments such as good looks and good voice, but when it came to singing, they suffered from being unable to rid themselves of the local accent. Ironically, in Gu's judgment, the male performers who sang in the northern tune as they used to had...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (1): 169–204.
Published: 01 April 2019
..., associated with Su Shi 蘇軾 (1037–1101); (d) courtesans and singing girls such as Xue Tao 薛濤 (ca. 768–832); and (e) women selected from legends, mythologies, and folksongs, such as Zhinü 織女 (The Weaving Maid) and Mulan 木蘭. Yan Xiyuan's farthest reaching contribution to the genre was his editorial decision...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 515–544.
Published: 01 November 2015
... composed lyrics to be performed by singing girls. Later, as writers of ci proliferated, individual lyricists wanted to express their own individual feelings, a development that gave rise to the ‘lyric’ ci. ” See Ye, Ci zhi meigan tezhi , 7 . Actually, this observation derives from Wang Guowei's 王國維...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (2): 429–447.
Published: 01 November 2016
... only to sing the same song of praise, then the enterprise of scholarship is crippled. Chen Yinke also describes another kind of “missing person” ( renwang 人亡) in his 1952 poem “Nan dan” 男旦, that is, “male actors playing female roles.” 13 According to Hu Wenhui 胡文輝, the editor of Chen's...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 412–431.
Published: 01 November 2019
..., he sends flower spirits-turned-girls to China for the female examinations, here interpreted as an enterprise to fictionalize the examination system. Thus the narrative of the girls' participation in the exams and ensuing celebrations in later chapters becomes a fiction within the fiction. Discussing...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2014) 1 (1-2): 241–261.
Published: 01 November 2014
... embedded in longer speeches, as well as the ability to fushi 賦詩, variously translated as reciting, chanting, or singing the odes. 2 The accounts of such performances would include the terse formula of “X (subject) chants (  fu 賦) Y (an ode),” a concise delineation of the occasion and the context...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 432–460.
Published: 01 November 2019
.... Often would a shooting star pass above the sacrificial altar. Seventy serving boys and seventy serving girls would sing in unison. In the spring they sang “Clear and Bright,” in the summer “Vermillion Light,” in the autumn “Spirit of the West,” and in the winter “Spirit of the Dark.” 漢家常以正月上辛祠太一甘泉,以昏時夜...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2023) 10 (2): 379–402.
Published: 01 November 2023
..., / Lovesickness is the most painful” 三十三天離恨天最高,四百四病相思病最苦 25 —are found in Yuan zaju plays such as Zhang tianshi duan fenghua xueyue 張天師斷風花雪月 (Master Zhang Judges a Romantic Love Case, act 2), the Qianü lihun 倩女離魂 (A Young Girl Dies of Love, Act 1), and Zhuwu ting qin 竹塢聽琴 (Listening to the Zither...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2018) 5 (1): 1–33.
Published: 01 April 2018
... noted for its uncanny presaging of another set of city novels, the late Qing works about Shanghai 上海 brothels, such as Haishang hua liezhuan 海上花列傳 (Singsong Girls of Shanghai), with their focus on the sharp prostitute-businesswoman, the male connoisseurs and pseudo-connoisseurs of the brothel...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (1): 239–271.
Published: 01 April 2019
... brushes next to beautiful girls. 胭脂醉對快揮毫 38 This memory, with its vivid and sensual imagery, presents “a broken shard out of the past,” to use a metaphor from Stephen Owen. 39 Given the significance of the memory, this broken shard from the past also addresses the present moment for Zhang...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (2): 545–572.
Published: 01 November 2015
...) 2 + 1 + 2: “Banners up/morning/cold air//Flute blow/night/frontiers sound” 旌旃/朝/朔氣,茄吹/夜/邊聲. (Du Shenyan 杜審言, ?-708) 2 + 2 + 1: “Spring breeze/ride horse/drunken//River moon/angle fishing/sing” 春風/騎馬/醉,江月/釣魚/歌. (Sikong Tu 司空圖, 837–908) 1 + 2 + 2: “Land/wind mountain/enter fort//River/circle...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 163–202.
Published: 01 April 2021
... Nest, 懶雲窩, 2 We write, we sing, we get drunk. 醒時詩酒醉時歌。 We even pay no attention to the jade qin , cast aside classics, lie down, and get some rest, 瑤琴不理拋書臥, 4 No dreams of glory to get us distressed. 無夢南柯。 Enjoy being idle and not oppressed, 得清閒儘快活, 6 Like a shuttle, time...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (1): 108–136.
Published: 01 April 2016
..., deliberately opens the city gates, and, sitting on the turrets of the city wall, plays with calm composure on a musical instrument. As he plays, he sings, “Here I just have a qin with two youths to attend me; I have neither ambushing nor defensive soldiers.” From the sound of Zhuge Liang's graceful...