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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (2): 486–490.
Published: 01 November 2020
...Mary Scott With Disenchantment as the original mirror maker, Jia Rui's wet dream becomes part of the fairy's grand design, and the Xifeng-Jia Rui story assumes the function of a parallel to the Keqing Baoyu relationship. In disenchantment's domain, both Baoyu and Jia Rui experience sex...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (1): 129–159.
Published: 01 April 2017
...I-Hsien Wu Abstract In chapter 1 of The Story of the Stone , the internal narrator notably censures erotic fiction and draws a line between his own narrative and the filthy obscenities. Yet the novel does the exact opposite. In the Stone , eroticism is not only part of a physiological act...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2014) 1 (1-2): 1–28.
Published: 01 November 2014
... taihou yanyi , chap. 17. In their 1910 book, the Englishmen John Bland and Edmund Backhouse refer to the story that Cixi had a son by An Dehai, but they deny its truth. They write of Li Lianying as an “arch villain” and refer to his giving the dowager massages; their book was translated into Chinese...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2015) 2 (1): 207–248.
Published: 01 April 2015
...Shang Wei Abstract This paper seeks to interpret The Story of the Stone with reference to the visual culture of the Manchu court. It argues that the Yongzheng reign (1723–1735) inaugurated a new era of visual culture when jia (the unreal or fiction) became itself a productive concept...
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Published: 01 April 2015
Figure 4. The illusionistic painting on the upper story of the Juanqin zhai. Provided by the Palace Museum, Beijing More
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (2): 248–278.
Published: 01 November 2017
...Zhu Gang; Zhao Huijun Abstract The Chan monk Huihong 惠洪 (1071–1128) constructed stories of Su Shi's 蘇軾 (1037–1101) past life as Wuzu Shijie 五祖師戒, a Chan monk in the Yunmen 雲門 lineage. In this article, we will show that Huihong not only constructed the storyline but also recorded in his Buddhist...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 87–114.
Published: 01 April 2020
... in their conventional literary and scholarly writings. These Yijian zhi stories thus provide a glimpse of the ways that members of the socially and politically elite perceived persons of lowly social backgrounds. The fact that Hong Mai did not compose his stories from his own imagination but, rather, recorded tales...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 215–231.
Published: 01 April 2020
... stories, however, these figures are subject to moral judgment and thus subsumed under another form of normative narrative involving otherness. Only in the realm of fantasy and imagination are political and moral efforts to construct and modulate otherness finally called into question. This article...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2023) 10 (1): 267–293.
Published: 01 April 2023
..., moving further away from the literati writing tradition, literature and performance derived from the story ascribed increasingly potent agency to the concubine character in late imperial China. The Ming-Qing transition around the mid-seventeenth century engendered ever-stronger literary associations...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (1): 96–136.
Published: 01 April 2019
... in a story. Hence, Chen animated the actors in his paintings with emphatic gestures and poses, complementing their expressive bodies with more subtly shaped facial features. But Chen's incorporation into his painting of what was at the time readily identified as “print” disturbed his figural compositions...
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Published: 01 April 2019
Figure 4. Anonymous, “Emperor Minghuang Looks upon His Reflection,” from Illustrated Stories of Former Emperors and Their Subjects , seventeenth century. Hand scroll, ink on paper, 24.1 cm high. Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC: Gift More
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Published: 01 April 2019
Figure 8. Anonymous, “Summoned to the Palace” (Zhaoru changmen 詔入長門) from Wang Jide 王驥德 (d. 1623), [ Chongjiao Han furen ] Ti hong ji 重校韓夫人題紅記 (Story about Lady Han, Who Inscribed a Poem on a Red Leaf, with Added Corrections), Wanli 萬歷 period (1573–1620). Woodblock print on paper, 26.8 × 17 cm More
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Published: 01 April 2019
Figure 13. Anonymous, Zongyi sheng fei 宗一生非 (Zongyi Hatches a Lie), from Shen Cai 沈采 (act. sixteenth century), [ Xinkan chongding chuxiang fu shi biaozhu ] Pei Du Xiangshan huan dai ji 新刊重訂出相附釋標註裴度香山還帶記 (The Story of Pei Du, Who Returned a Belt Found at Fragrant Mountain Temple, Newly More
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2023) 10 (2): 379–402.
Published: 01 November 2023
... during the Ming dynasty [1368–1644],” 7 promoting the appearance of stories narrating the transformation of amorous passion into disease in the Ming and Qing. 8 Additionally, Judith T. Zeitlin notes the vernacular use of “ghostly illness” ( gui bing 鬼病) as a synonym for lovesickness in seventeenth...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 483–486.
Published: 01 November 2019
... crook” trying unsuccessfully to steal silver from a seasoned traveling merchant. The scam shows us that greed is no match for experience and also shows how silver could serve as a medium for the con. In story after story, we see the effort that was required by the Ming use of silver as currency...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (2): 239–260.
Published: 01 November 2021
... forces one to follow his logical reasoning, Zhuangzi's poetic story-telling invites one to participate in his search for meaning. He never makes haste to call his readers' attention to the allegory of his stories but just allures them to listen to him—in Zhuangzi's own words—not with their minds...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (2): 383–411.
Published: 01 November 2019
... as a theme but also as a structure—these merchants appear onstage only by leeching onto the stories of the scholar- and statesmen-heroes. Such a distinction between scholar and merchant is one that chuanqi as a genre is uniquely positioned to stage: the imbrication of occupation and character finds its...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 149–166.
Published: 01 April 2020
... in the face of those who wish to eat and flay it). Though the project of Li Shizhen's collection is to categorize knowledge and thus make things and their relations to other things clear, the proliferation of names and divergent stories—some tell of it eating humans rather than the other way around—makes...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (2): 420–438.
Published: 01 November 2017
... and explanation for this song is found in Hong Mai's 洪邁 (1123–1202) massive collection of anecdotes and tales, Yijian zhi 夷堅志 (Records by Yijian), where Yan Rui's story is combined with another, both about female entertainers who have run afoul of the law, been thrown into prison, and are later given a chance...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2023) 10 (2): 522–528.
Published: 01 November 2023
.... The most innovative chapter of this book, in this reviewer's opinion, is chapter 2, “On Social Networks.” Chen introduces the concept of a social network as used in the digital humanities. He abstracts and models more than a thousand stories in the Shishuo , freeing the social connections between each...