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Yangzhou, A Place in Literature
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One of the famous canal cities of the world and a former center of culture, trade, transportation, and fashion, the old town of Yangzhou evokes romantic bridges, beautiful courtesans, fine gardens, and eccentric painters. It is also remembered as a war-torn ruin after the Qing conquest and the Taiping Rebellion, and as a city in decline as trade shifted to seaports and railways. Yangzhou, A Place in Literature offers a wealth of literary, semi-literary, and oral texts representing social life over three hundred years of dramatic change between the seventeenth and twentieth centuries.

The translations in this volume represent a wide range of literary forms and styles, both elite and popular, with subjects ranging from literature, history, theater, and art to the history of architecture and gardening, and of material culture at large. Readers will come across rarely found details of everyday life, the sights, smells, and sounds of the lanes and teahouses, a world of taverns, pilgrimages, communal baths, fish markets, salt merchants, acting troupes, and food in one of the wealthiest cities of imperial China. Each text has an introductory essay and rich textual notes by an expert in the relevant field. The selected texts are historically and intellectually important in their own right, but the volume greatly enhances their collective value by combining them, arranging them in historical sequence, and providing a dense network of cross-references that invite comparisons and reveal contrasts in style, form, focus, and topic.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Note on Translation
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. Yangzhou and the Local in Chinese Literature: An Introduction
  2. Margaret B. Wan, Roland Altenburger, and Vibeke Børdahl
  3. pp. 1-18
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  1. 1. Revisiting a Dream in a Classic Late-Ming Garden: Zheng Yuanxun’s “Personal Record of the Garden of Shadows” (Yingyuan zi ji, 1637)
  2. Alison Hardie
  3. pp. 19-35
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  1. 2. Storyteller and Adviser: Wu Weiye’s “Biography of Liu Jingting” (Liu Jingting zhuan, 1647)
  2. Rüdiger Breuer
  3. pp. 36-50
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  1. 3. Society and Performance in Late-Ming Yangzhou: Four Essays from Zhang Dai’s Dream Reminiscences of Tao‘an (Tao‘an mengyi, 1670s)
  2. Philip A. Kafalas
  3. pp. 51-63
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  1. 4. The Moral Panorama of One Place: Shi Chengjin’s Series of Vignettes Recent Stories of Yangzhou (Yangzhou jinshi, prefaces 1726/1729)
  2. Roland Altenburger
  3. pp. 64-86
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  1. 5. The Universe in a Nutshell: Wang Zhong’s Essay “Dialogue about Guangling” (Guangling dui, 1787)
  2. Marc Winter
  3. pp. 87-100
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  1. 6. The Golden Age: Depictions of Life in Yangzhou in Li Dou’s The Pleasure Boats of Yangzhou (Yangzhou huafang lu, 1795)
  2. Lucie Olivová
  3. pp. 101-151
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  1. 7. Building and Gardening Practices in Eighteenth-Century Yangzhou: The View from Li Dou’s The Pleasure Boats of Yangzhou (Yangzhou huafang lu, 1795)
  2. Winnie Yuen Lai Chan
  3. pp. 152-172
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  1. 8. Observations of a Changing World: Lin Sumen’s Bamboo-Branch-Style Songs Three Hundred Poems of Hanjiang (Hanjiang sanbai yin, 1808)
  2. Roland Altenburger
  3. pp. 173-188
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  1. 9. Regional Fiction: Clear Wind Sluice (Qingfengzha, 1819)
  2. Margaret B. Wan
  3. pp. 189-202
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  1. 10. Theater for the People in the Yangzhou Region: Jiao Xun’s Peasant Chats on Popular Local Theater (Huabu nongtan, 1819)
  2. Colin Mackerras
  3. pp. 203-216
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  1. 11. Writing about Things in the Nineteenth Century: Scholar Zhou’s Dream of Yangzhou (Yangzhou meng, 1850s)
  2. Antonia Finnane with Fan Xiong
  3. pp. 217-257
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  1. 12. A Yangzhou Novel: Hanshang Mengren’s Dream of Romance (Fengyue meng, preface 1848)
  2. Patrick Hanan
  3. pp. 258-272
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  1. 13. Place and Personality: Ling Xia’s “Song of the Eight Eccentrics” (Yangzhou ba guai ge, ca. 1897)
  2. Michele Matteini
  3. pp. 273-281
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  1. 14. A Tale of Five Families between Empire and Republic: Li Hanqiu’s Novel The Tides of Guangling (Guangling chao, 1909–1919)
  2. Stefan Kuzay
  3. pp. 282-307
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  1. 15. Food and Local Place: Zhu Ziqing’s Essay “Speaking of Yangzhou” (Shuo Yangzhou, 1934)
  2. Antonia Finnane
  3. pp. 308-320
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  1. 16. Transformations of Local Theater: The Yangzhou Opera Taking Command at Age One Hundred (Bai sui gua shuai, 1952–1958)
  2. Liu Zhen and Jiang Ji
  3. pp. 321-342
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  1. 17. A Critical View of the Yangzhou Dream: Feng Zikai’s Essay “The Yangzhou Dream” (Yangzhou meng, 1958)
  2. Sue Zhuang
  3. pp. 343-356
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  1. 18. Layers of the Local in Yangzhou Storytelling: Wang Shaotang Performs “Wu Song Fights the Tiger” (Wu Song da hu, 1961)
  2. Vibeke Børdahl
  3. pp. 357-380
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  1. 19. A in Chinese Women’s History: Wei Minghua’s Essay “The Thin Horses of Yangzhou” (Yangzhou shouma, 1983)
  2. Antonia Finnane
  3. pp. 381-405
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  1. 20. Yangzhou Village Theater: The Play Pi Fifth Celebrates New Year (Pi Wu guo nian, 1999) in Wei Ren’s Redaction
  2. Lindy Li Mark
  3. pp. 406-424
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 425-452
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  1. References
  2. pp. 453-480
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 481-486
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 487-513
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