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Vol. 38, December

The Long and the Short: May Fourth Contestation of Fiction Form
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)Teaching the Art of FictionThe novel in our country has prospered for a long time. Chinese fiction such as The Story of the Stone ... is a work of art on a par with any of the best Western works. [In traditional...
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Death, Memory, and Narrative: A Textual Analysis of Ma Yuan's Metafictional Novella "Old Death"
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)Ma Yuan (... , 1953- ) is regarded as one of the most important writers of the Chinese "avant-garde movement" (xianfengpai ...) of the 1980s and is seen by many critics as China's first author of metafiction....
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Yangzhou, A Place in Literature: The Local in Chinese Cultural History
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-US-ASCII text omitted.)Yangzhou, A Place in Literature: The Local in Chinese Cultural History, edited by Roland Altenburger, Margaret B. Wan and Vibeke B0rdhal. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, 2015. Pp. xvi + 510. $62...
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Writing the South Seas: Imagining the Nanyang in Chinese and Southeast Asian Postcolonial Literature
Writing the South Seas: Imagining the Nanyang in Chinese and Southeast Asian Postcolonial Literature, by Brian C. Bernards. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015. Pp. 288. $50.00 (hardcover).Writing the South Seas is Brian Bernards's first single-authored...
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The Sound and Sense of Chinese Poetry. Special Number of the Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)The Sound and Sense of Chinese Poetry. Special number of the Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture (2.2; November 2015), by Zong-qi Cai. Pp. 328. $16 (paper)Though interest in Chinese versification...
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The Scholars and the State: Fiction as Political Discourse in Late Imperial China
The Scholars and the State: Fiction as Political Discourse in late Imperial China, by Liangyan Ge. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015. Pp. 279. $50 (harcover).This book is about how the complex and changing relationship between the imperial...
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The Resurrected Skeleton: From Zhuangzi to Lu Xun
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)The Resurrected Skeleton: From Zhuangzi to Lu Xun, by Wilt L. Idema. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. Pp. 344. $60 (harcover).Master Zhuang (Zhuangzi ), claimed to be a collection of writings...
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Zhuangzi and Modern Chinese Literature
Zhuangzi and Modern Chinese Literature, by Jianmei Liu. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016. Pp. 312. $60.00 (hardcover).At a time when there is much discussion surrounding the resurgence of Confucius in contemporary China, Liu Jianmei's Zhuangzi...
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Queer Marxism in Two Chinas
Queer Marxism in Two Chinas, by Petrus Liu. Durham: Duke University Press, 2015. Pp. 256, 2 illustrations. $84.95 (hardcover), $23.95 (paper).For more than a decade, queer Asian studies scholars have struggled with the dominance of a Euro-American model...
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The Avant-Garde and the Popular in Modern China: Tian Han and the Intersection of Performance and Politics
The Avant-Garde and the Popular in Modern China: Tian Han and the Intersection of Performance and Politics, by Liang Luo. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2014. Pp. xviii + 367. $80.00 (cloth), $37.50 (paper).Prior to reading Liang Luo's...
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Literati Storytelling in Late Medieval China
Literati Storytelling in Late Medieval China, by Luo Manling. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015. Pp. 240. $50 (hardcover), $30 (paper).Luo Manling's ambitious book tackles the age-old question of how narrative shapes identity, how the stories...
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Luxuriant Gems of the Spring and Autumn. Attributed to Dong Zhongshu
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)Luxuriant Gems of the Spring and Autumn. Attributed to Dong Zhongshu, translated and edited by John S. Major and Sarah A. Queen. New York: Columbia University Press (Translations from the Asian Classics),...
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The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei, Volume 5: The Dissolution, translated by David Tod Roy. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2013. Pp. lxvi + 556, illustrations. $39.95 (paper).Jin...
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One Who Knows Me: Friendship and Literary Culture in Mid-Tang China
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)One Who Knows Me: Friendship and Literary Culture in Mid-Tang China, by Anna M. Shields. Cambridge (Mass.) and London: Harvard University Asia Center, 2015. Pp. x + 366. $49.95 (cloth).It is a widely held...
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Ten Thousand Scrolls: Reading and Writing in the Poetics of Huang Tingjian and the Late Northern Song
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)Ten Thousand Scrolls: Reading and Writing in the Poetics of Huang Tingjian and the Late Northern Song, by Yugen Wang. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center, 2011. Pp. xiv+285. $39.95 (hardcover).As...
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The Chinese Political Novel: Migration of a World Genre
The Chinese Political Novel: Migration of a World Genre, by Catherine Vance Yeh. Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center, 2015. Pp. xii + 429, 14 illustrations. $59.95 (hardcover).Catherine Vance Yeh's The Chinese Political Novel examines a particular...
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Vol. 37, December

Anthony C. Yu, 1938-2015
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)A friend of this journal from its inception and a longtime member of its Advisory Board, Anthony Christopher Yu passed away in May 2015 at the age of 76. He was Carl Darling Buck Distinguished Service...
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A New Approach to Chinese Poetic Prosody: The Case of Pair-Wise Tonal Contrasts in Three Yongming Collections
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)IntroductionThe Yongming ... Era (483-493 AD) saw the creation of an important and unique feature of traditional Chinese poetry-tonal prosody. The four tones were...
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Cathay at 100: A Conversation
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)The Invitation:In April 1915 a slim volume of verse was published by Elkin Mathews in London, Cathay: For the Most Part from the Chinese of Rihaku, from the notes of the late Ernest Fenollosa, and the...
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Unearthing the Changes: Recently Discovered Manuscripts of the Yi Jing (I Ching) and Related Texts
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)Unearthing the Changes: Recently Discovered Manuscripts of the Yi Jing (I Ching) and Related Texts, by Edward L. Shaughnessy. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. Pp. xx + 335. $45 (cloth).Originally...
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Cherishing Antiquity: The Cultural Construction of an Ancient Chinese Kingdom
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)Cherishing Antiquity: The Cultural Construction of an Ancient Chinese Kingdom, by Olivia Milburn. Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series, 89. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University East Asia Center, 2013....
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Exemplary Women of Early China
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)Exemplary Women of Early China. The Lienü zhuan of Liu Xiang, translated and edited by Anne Behnke Kinney. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. Pp. lv + 384. $35.00 (paper), $105.00 (cloth).The Lienü...
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Letters and Epistolary Culture in Early Medieval China
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)Letters and Epistolary Culture in Early Medieval China, by Antje Richter. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2013. Pp. x + 236. $30.00 (paper), $75.00 (cloth).Given the wide scholarly interest letters...
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Buddhism and Tales of the Supernatural in Early Medieval China: A Study of Liu Yiqing's (403-444)
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)Buddhism and Tales of the Supernatural in Early Medieval China: A Study of Liu Yiqing's (403-444) Youming lu, by Zhang Zhenjun. Sinica Leidensia vol. 114. Leiden: Brill, 2014. Pp. viii + 267. $148 (cloth).The...
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Shifting Stories: History, Gossip, and Lore in Narratives from Tang Dynasty China
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)Shifting Stories: History, Gossip, and Lore in Narratives from Tang Dynasty China, by Sarah M. Allen. Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series, 95. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center, 2014....
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The Burden of Female Talent: The Poet Li Qingzhao and Her History in China
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)The Burden of Female Talent: The Poet Li Qingzhao and Her History in China, by Ronald C. Egan. Harvard---Yenching Institute Monograph Series 90. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2014. Pp. 432....
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Home and the World: Editing the "Glorious Ming" in Woodblock-Printed Books of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)Home and the World: Editing the "Glorious Ming" in Woodblock---Printed Books of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries, by Yuming He. Harvard---Yenching Institute Monograph Series, 82. Cambridge, MA:...
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Real Life in China at the Height of Empire, Revealed by the Ghosts of Ji Xiaolan
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)Real Life in China at the Height of Empire, Revealed by The Ghosts of Ji Xiaolan, by David Pollard. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2014. Pp. xl + 334. $45.00 (cloth).David Pollard's book is a...
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Shen Fu, Six Records of a Life Adrift
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)Shen Fu, Six Records of a Life Adrift, by Graham Sanders. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2011. Pp. xv + 176. $14.00 (paper), $44.00 (cloth).Shen Fu's ... (1763---1825) Fusheng liuji ..., an autobiographical record...
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The Lyrical in Epic Time: Modern Chinese Intellectuals and Artists through the 1949 Crisis
(ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)The Lyrical in Epic Time: Modern Chinese Intellectuals and Artists Through the 1949 Crisis, by David Der---wei Wang. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015. Pp. xviii + 496. $60.00 (cloth).Lyrical expressions...
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Tales of Futures Past: Anticipation and the Ends of Literature in Contemporary China
Tales of Futures Past: Anticipation and the Ends of Literature in Contemporary China, by Paola Iovene. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014. Pp. xii + 240, 5 illustrations. $45.00 (cloth).Tales of Futures Past is an ambitious book. In addition to...
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On Verse Going Viral: China's New Media Scene
On Verse Going Viral: China's New Media Scene, by Heather Inwood. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2014. Pp. 274. $30.00 (paper), $75.00 (cloth)."Why is contemporary poetry so lonely" (4) in a time of commercialization and mass media? Along with...
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Internet Literature in China
Internet Literature in China, by Michel Hockx. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015. Pp. 272. $40.00 (cloth).Michel Hockx breaks new ground in Internet Literature in China. As one of the first English---language book---length studies of Chinese...
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The Stranger and the Chinese Moral Imagination
The Stranger and the Chinese Moral Imagination, by Haiyan Lee. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014. Pp. xii + 362. $50.00 (cloth).The Stranger and the Chinese Moral Imagination is a thought---provoking text of cultural studies that draws on a diversity...
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Not like a Native Speaker: On Languaging as a Postcolonial Experience
Not Like a Native Speaker: On Languaging as a Postcolonial Experience, by Rey Chow. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. Pp. 192. $27.00 (paper), $80.00 (cloth).Recent events, such as the Hong Kong Legislative Council's dramatic rejection of a...
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Visions of Dystopia in China's New Historical Novels
Visions of Dystopia in China's New Historical Novels, by Jeffrey C. Kinkley. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015. Pp. xvi + 285. $50.00 (hardcover)Written with a rare fusion of erudition, subtlety, and clarity, Jeffrey C. Kinkley's Visions of Dystopia...
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Vol. 36, December

Forbidden Imaginations: Three Chinese Narratives on Mother-Son Incest
IntroductionThe status of the incest theme in Chinese literature, traditional or modern, may at best be described as 'shady'. A minor motif in seventeenth-century vernacular fiction, it figures in Chinese urban tales on irregular kinship structures and...
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The Sacred and the Cannibalistic: Zhou Zuoren's Critique of Violence in Modern China
To kill a man is not to protect a doctrine, but it is to kill a man.-Sebastian Castellio, Contra libellum, # 77, VaticanusIntroductionWhen it comes to violence, the contrast between wide practice and limited research is undeniable. In On Violence, Hannah...
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The Aesthetic versus the Political: Lin Huiyin and Modern Beijing*
autumn of 1933, shortly after Xiao's debut, "Silkworm" (ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.)..., appeared in the literary supplement to the Ta Kung Pao, Lin invited him to her salon and praised his literary skill and sincere feeling. This...
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Rhapsody in Black
Rhapsody in Black, by Jidi Majia. Translated by Denis Mair. Chinese Literature Today Book Series. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2014. Pp. 208. $19.95 (paper).Jidi Majia (ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.) is a ground-breaking poet...
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Escape from Blood Pond Hell: The Tales of Mulian and Woman Huang
Escape from Blood Pond Hell: The Tales of Mulian and Woman Huang, translated and introduced by Beata Grant and Wilt L. Idema. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2011. 368 pp. Hardcover, $70.00; paperback, $35.00.Escape from Blood Pond Hell: The...
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From the Old Country: Stories and Sketches of China and Taiwan
From the Old Country: Stories and Sketches of China and Taiwan, by Zhong Lihe, trans. & ed. by T. M. McClellan. Forward by Zhong Tiejun. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. Pp. xxxviii + 292. US$32.54 (hardcover).The publication of this volume...
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Modern Poetry in China: A Visual-Verbal Dynamic
Modern Poetry in China: A Visual-Verbal Dynamic, by Paul Manfredi. Amherst, New York: Cambria Press, 2014. Pp. 282. $109.99 (hardcover).The first half of Paul Manfredi's book's title suggests that it covers "modern poetry in China." Yet readers will...
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Modern Archaics: Continuity and Innovation in the Chinese Lyric Tradition, 1900-1937
Modern Archaics: Continuity and Innovation in the Chinese Lyric Tradition, 1900-1937, by Shengqing Wu. Cambridge: Harvard University Asia Center: 2013. Pp. xviii + 437. $49.95 (hardcover).Shengqing Wu's remarkable monograph on traditional-style poetry...
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Sinophone Studies: A Critical Reader
Sinophone Studies: A Critical Reader, edited by Shu-mei Shih, Chien-hsin Tsai, and Brian Bernards. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013. Pp. 472. US$40.00 (paper). ISBN: 978-0-231-15751-3.Sinophone studies is a movement fueled as much by internal...
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Modernity with a Cold War Face: Reimagining the Nation in Chinese Literature across the 1949 Divide
Modernity with a Cold War Face: Reimagining the Nation in Chinese Literature Across the 1949 Divide, by Xiaojue Wang. Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Asia Center, 2013. Pp. 359. $39.95 (hardcover).Xiaojue Wang's Modernity with a Cold War...
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Ming Erotic Novellas: Genre, Consumption and Religiosity in Cultural Practice
Ming Erotic Novellas: Genre, Consumption and Religiosity in Cultural Practice by Richard G. Wang. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2011. Pp. 336. $52.00 (hardcover).In the history of the pre-modern Chinese novel, the classical tale and vernacular...
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Critics and Commentators: The Book of Poems as Classic and Literature
Critics and Commentators: The Book of Poems as Classic and Literature. By Bruce Rusk. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center, 2012. Pp. xvi + 282. $39.95 (hardcover).In five chapters, with a long introduction, a conclusion that muses about gains...
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Lin Shu, Inc. Translation and the Making of Modern Chinese Culture
Lin Shu, Inc. Translation and the Making of Modern Chinese Culture, by Michael Gibbs Hill. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. Pp. 320. $65.00 (hardcover).In the history of Chinese translation, few figures are quite so discussed -or quite so controversial-as...
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Sinaphone Malaysia Literature: Not Made in China
Sinophone Malaysia Literature: Not Made in China, by Alison M. Groppe. Amherst, New York: Cambria, 2013. Pp. 340. $114.99 (hardcover).... if I am inescapably Chinese by descent, I am only sometimes Chinese by consent.When and how is a matter of politics.-Ien...
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Literary Remains: Death, Trauma, and Lu Xun's Refusal to Mourn
Literary Remains: Death, Trauma, and Lu Xun's Refusal to Mourn, by Eileen Cheng. Honolulu: Hawai'i University Press, 2013. Pp. 328. $54.00 (hardcover).In his effort to rescue history from the nation (History), Prasenjit Duara has interrogated modern...
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Vol. 34, December

Reading the Conflicting Voices: An Examination of the Interpretative Traditions about "Han Guang"
This paper discusses two conflicting discourses in the Shijing poem "Han guang," and how later interpretative traditions treat this apparent rift in meaning. The paper explores how the innate factors of the poem have driven the evolvement of its own...
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Free and Easy Wanderings: Lu Xun's "Resurrecting the Dead" and Its Precursors
Lu Xun's "Resurrecting the Dead," the final story in his Old Tales Retold (1936), is one of his rare works written as a play. Following a brief discussion of Lu Xun's ambivalent attitude towards the theater, this article focuses on the background of...
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The Confessant as Analysand in Yu Dafu's Confessional Narratives
Yu Dafu's contemporaries famously read his short stories and novellas as confessional or autobiographical. Some later critics mimick Yu's first audience in an attempt to inhabit the position of "the Chinese reader circa 1920," while other typically more...
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From the Banquet to the Border: The Transformation of Su Shi's Song Lyrics into a Poetry of National Loss in the Restoration Era
This article examines the historical process through which early Southern Song writers transformed Su Shi's song lyrics on exile and displacement into a national poetry of loss in which geography became a new object of longing. While Su Shi's song lyric...
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The Hidden Blessing of Being a Last Ruler: Anecdotes and the Song Dynasty Interpretation of Li Yu's (937-978) Lyrics
Anecdotes about Li Yu's life have long encouraged an autobiographical reading of his lyrics as being divided between his joyful, self-indulgent youth and his confined, constantly remorseful final years. These circumstantial anecdotes, I argue, were actually...
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Self-Portrait as Sea Anemone, and Other Impersonations of Jiang Yan
Jiang Yan (ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.) (444-505) is famous for his melancholy fu and poems of imitation modeled after earlier writers. This study aims to relate these two types of compositions by tracing Jiang's use of impersonation,...
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Heroines of Jiangyong: Chinese Narrative Ballads in Women's Script
Heroines of Jiangyong: Chinese Narrative Ballads in Women's Script, translated by Wilt L. Idema. Seattle and London: University of Washington Press, 2009. Pp. viii + 181. Notes on texts plus Bibliography. $25.00 (paperback).Heroines of Jiangyong: Chinese...
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The Cambridge History of Chinese Literature
The Cambridge History of Chinese Literature. Edited by Kang-i Sun Chang and Stephen Owen. Cambridge, Eng. and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. 2 vols. Pp. xxxii + 711; xxi + 793. HC: USD $335 the set.Responding to the same general need as...
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Shan'ge, the Mountain Songs: Love Songs in Ming China
Shan'ge, the Mountain Songs: Love Songs in Ming China by Oki Yasushi and Paolo Santangelo. Emotions and States of Mind in China and East Asia, Volume 2 (Leiden: Brill, 2011). Pp. 600 + xii pages. 162euroOf all the many love songs in the Chinese literary...
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The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei
The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei, Volume 4: The Climax, translated by David Roy. Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2011. Pp. lxvii+959. Illustrations.Jin Ping Mei was completed in the late sixteenth century, and is considered...
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Record of an Ancient Mirror, an Interdisciplinary Reading
Record of an Ancient Mirror, An Interdisciplinary Reading by Chen Jue. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2020. Pp. xvi and 212. Abhandlungen für de Kunde des Morgenlandes, v. 74.This study of the "Gujing ji" (ProQuest: ... denotes non-USASCII text omitted.) (Record...
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The Novel and Theatrical Imagination in Early Modern China
The Novel and Theatrical Imagination in Early Modern China, by Mei Chun. Leiden and Boston: E. J. Brill, 2011. Pp. 277, xi.After having hovered on the margins of North American research on late imperial letters, the study of theater, theatricality, and...
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Qian Qianyi's Reflections on Yellow Mountain: Traces of a Late-Ming Hatchet and Chisel
Qian Qianyi's Reflections on Yellow Mountain: Traces of a Late-Ming Hatchet and Chisel, by Stephen McDowall. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2009. Pp. ? + 226.This handsomely produced book would make a fine addition to the collection of anyone...
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A Significant Season: Cai Yong (Ca. 133-192) and His Contemporaries
A Significant Season: Cai Yong (Ca. 133-192) and His Contemporaries, by Mark Laurent Asselin. New Haven: American Oriental Society, 2010. Pp. 483.Mark Laurent Asselin's superb study of Cai Yong (ca. 133-192) and his contemporaries is a major contribution...
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Lost Bodies: Prostitution and Masculinity in Chinese Fiction
Lost Bodies: Prostitution and Masculinity in Chinese Fiction, by Paola Zamperini. Brill: Leiden & Boston, 2010. Pp. xii + 238. $132This book explores the cultural phenomena of prostitution in late Qing Chinese fiction. The major novels under discussion...
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Elling Eide (22 August 1935-2 January 2012)
There are, no doubt, many ways to point out the unique character of Elling Eide, as a scholar, friend, and generous benefactor for many noble causes. Here it seems most appropriate to begin with a sketch of Elling' s many contributions to the founding,...
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