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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2022) 9 (1): 225–255.
Published: 01 April 2022
... issues: the nature of theatrical language, the emergence and uses of fictionality, and the reconstruction of performance aesthetics. In focusing on these particular areas, the essay seeks to show how such research can contribute toward countering entrenched characterizations of xiqu as “non-drama...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2016) 3 (1): 175–202.
Published: 01 April 2016
..., the earliest printings from the fourteenth century were most likely based on lead performers' role texts, printed as aids for the audience. The author will also compare changes introduced into the texts by Ming theatrical agencies and their court performances, with the editorial policy of Li Kaixian, among...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2022) 9 (1): 1–7.
Published: 01 April 2022
... to it thanks in part to Jesuit moral preoccupations. Sieber discusses the exceptionally rich variation in language registers and their rhetorical manipulation in all three of the early theatrical genres ( zaju 雜劇, nanxi 南戲, and chuanqi 傳奇) and notes how the attention to language use in which recent...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 31–58.
Published: 01 April 2021
...Karin Myhre Abstract Reading Sui Jingchen's song suite “Gaozu Returns to His Home Village” against early sources, this article explores how Sui's work selects and inverts the elements that ground definitive historical accounts of rulership to refashion a familiar narrative in a theatrical mode...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2017) 4 (1): 56–90.
Published: 01 April 2017
..., their characterizations of the ci are often articulated in terse and sometimes ambiguous language. 1 Particularly when commenting on poetic lines taken from ci indistinguishable from shi in prosodic form, their language of judgment is not very transparent to modern readers. For instance, Hu Weiyuan's 胡薇元 (1850...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 1–11.
Published: 01 April 2021
... observed the permeability of socioliterary boundaries when it came to songs: “My father once said that he was a visitor in the capital during the last days of the Northern Song, and the vulgar in the streets and alleyways often sang foreign songs. . . . The language was extremely coarse but all of the men...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (2): 435–441.
Published: 01 November 2021
... Zhu 汪洙 (?–?), who lived during the Northern Song dynasty (960–1127). zh.m.wikisource.org/zh-hans/神童詩 (accessed July 23, 2021). 1. Hanan, Invention of Li Yu , 151 . In general the English translation is well done: the text is readable and its language accurate, lucid, smooth...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 203–235.
Published: 01 April 2021
...Patricia Sieber Abstract This article proposes a new typology of the sanqu corpus. The discussion analyzes a cross section of sanqu songs in terms of how they engaged with language registers, on the one hand, and how they recontextualized existing motifs and media, on the other. Specifically...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (1): 56–95.
Published: 01 April 2019
..., to be sure, but one that is entirely textual in nature. There is nothing visually representational or theatrically sensorial about it. Tomb inscriptions circulated as a genre of writing independently of their preservation in tombs. They were included in the collected writings of literati and interwoven...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (2): 486–490.
Published: 01 November 2020
... women. Wu introduces a productive twist to this familiar topic by noting the distinction between plays written for performance, which had to be intelligible when sung, and “desktop plays” ( antou xi 案頭戲), read for the beauty and subtlety of their language, not necessarily intelligible in performance...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (2): 307–340.
Published: 01 November 2021
... this relationship is an unequal one or involves a third party. 17 In addition to the allusions to iconic theatrical figures, this song lyric also mimics or echoes the language features of well-known plays by alluding to specific lines. For instance, “ who would have thought that afterward I would not receive...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (2): 341–370.
Published: 01 November 2021
... daozi 拆白道字) comes from and how it relates to literary riddles that precede and follow this landmark sixteenth-century novel. Jin Ping Mei cihua enlarges the presentation and associations of riddles in fiction through its engagement with contemporaneous theatrical literature and the entertainment culture...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2018) 5 (1): 119–147.
Published: 01 April 2018
... understanding of his character. In contrast to Dai Zong's embarrassment over Li Kui's crude table manners and Chai Jin's displeasure with Wu Song's temperament, Song Jiang emerges as someone sensitive to a range of important signs in the language of dining. He perceives mood and behavior at the table...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (1): 1–14.
Published: 01 April 2019
... photographs) of their private lives and how these objects helped them produce and reenact vivid and sensual memories of past events. Wu also discusses the role that theatrical performance played in Yuan Kewen's visceral and personal reenactment of his father's world on the public stage. In Yuan's theatrical...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 1–6.
Published: 01 April 2020
... self-reflection and self-definition. The redefinition of cultural boundaries in the early Qing context also informs Hu's study of southwest chieftains. Notwithstanding their embrace of facets of literati culture, from poetry gatherings to theatrical performance, the markers of their cultural...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2023) 10 (1): 267–293.
Published: 01 April 2023
... essays, and historical narratives praise the two generals for sacrificing their concubine and servant, almost none of them offers any detail regarding the two victims. Significantly, a series of theatrical works composed since the fifteenth century delineate the concubine's motivations, words...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2019) 6 (1): 96–136.
Published: 01 April 2019
... he delineated are those expressed by familiar actors in poems or historical anecdotes, such as the sorrow of a woman pounding cloth or the shame of a disloyal retainer. Thus, he depended on the refined language of qing , rooted in romantic shi 詩 poetry and admonitory prose, to contain...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2020) 7 (1): 215–231.
Published: 01 April 2020
... of the Other throughout their movement, the Taiping rebels not only produce and give meaning to their own religious and political identity but also trigger and fuel ethnic hatred against the Manchus. Even though Zeng Guofan chose in his own war rhetoric not to engage with the demonizing language used...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2021) 8 (1): 89–112.
Published: 01 April 2021
..., as Zhang Kejiu's poem above demonstrates, uses carefully crafted sentences, refined language, and illusions from classical works, which keeps the emotions of the text in a state of potentiality—feelings unexpressed directly, but hinted at through muted gesture. 1 West also warned against...
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Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2023) 10 (2): 379–402.
Published: 01 November 2023
... literary production and theatrical performance of these romantic stories both reflect and compound the paradoxes of “lovesickness.” Frequent examples in late-Ming folk songs signal its popularity among common people. 23 Created and accepted as an emotional illness outside of traditional Chinese medical...