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Author Lu, Tina

Title Persons, roles, and minds : identity in peony pavilion and peach blossom fan / Tina Lu
Published Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2001


Description 1 online resource (x, 358 pages)
Contents Acknowledgments -- Prologue -- PART ONE: Mudan ting -- Introduction to Mudan ting -- 1 The Girl's Portrait -- 2 The Lover's Dream -- 3 The Emperor's Promise -- PART TWO: Taohua shan -- Introduction to Taohua shan -- 4 The Prostitute's Fan -- 5 The Actor's Stage -- 6 The Emperor's Throne -- Epilogue: The Spider and the Snake -- Notes -- Selected Bibliography -- Index
Summary "Focusing on two late-Ming or early-Qing plays central to the Chinese canon, this study explores crucial questions concerning personal identity. How is a person, as opposed to a ghost or animal, to be defined? How can any specific person (as distinguished, for example, from an impostor or twin) be identified? Both plays are chuanqi, representatives of a monumental genre that represents Chinese dramatic literature at its most complex. Tang Xianzu's Peony Pavilion is a romantic comedy in 55 acts, and Kong Shangren's Peach Blossom Fan narrates the fall of the Ming Dynasty in 40 acts."
"In Peony Pavilion the lovers actually marry and join human society - a possibility that invites speculation on the nature of personhood and agency. By contrast, Peach Blossom Fan addresses the question of identity in an explicitly political fashion. After the fall of Beijing, many men put forward imperial claims."
"The question of personal identity is intrinsically bound up with questions of agency, legal responsibility, and participation within a polity. Confucian patriarchy, in particular, implies an anxiety of identity: in order to serve one's father appropriately, one must first know who he is. Drawing on related contemporary sources, the author combines a range of perspectives, including literary criticism, philosophy, jurisprudence, and art history."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-343) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Tang, Xianzu, 1550-1616. Mu dan ting.
Kong, Shangren, 1648-1718. Tao hua shan.
Tang, Xianzu. Mudanting.
Kong, Shangren. Taohuashan.
SUBJECT Mu dan ting (Tang, Xianzu) fast
Tao hua shan (Kong, Shangren) fast
Form Electronic book