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This collection of short stories, anecdotes, and poems was likely compiled during the 13th century. Tales of romantic love—including courtship, marriage, and illicit affairs—unify the collection and make it an essential primary source for literary and social history, since official Chinese history sources did not usually discuss family conflict or sexual matters. This volume, the first complete translation of The Drunken Man’s Talk (Xinbian zuiweng tanlu) in any language, includes an introduction that explores the literary significance of the work as well as annotations explaining the symbolism and allusions found in the stories.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Translator’s Introduction
  2. pp. xv-2
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  1. 1. An Account of the Plowmen of the Tongue
  2. pp. 3-9
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  1. 2. A Legal Case Involving Illicit Love
  2. pp. 10-17
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  1. 3. Romantic Union
  2. pp. 18-24
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  1. 4. Women’s Verse
  2. pp. 25-32
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  1. 5. Humorous Tales from a Precious Window
  2. pp. 33-39
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  1. 6. Veritable Records from the Red-Light District
  2. pp. 40-45
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  1. 7. Records from the Red-Light District
  2. pp. 46-52
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  1. 8. Humorous Quips
  2. pp. 53-57
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  1. 9. The Characteristics of Ladies
  2. pp. 58-64
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  1. 10. Poems about Ladies
  2. pp. 65-70
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  1. 11. Romantic Union
  2. pp. 71-77
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  1. 12. Extraordinary Encounters with Immortals
  2. pp. 78-89
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  1. 13. Virtuous Women of the Inner Quarters
  2. pp. 90-95
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  1. 14. Legal Cases Involving Witty Verdicts
  2. pp. 96-104
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  1. 15. Felicitous Trysts with Immortals
  2. pp. 105-114
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  1. 16. Broken Promises
  2. pp. 115-120
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  1. 17. Romantic Betrayal
  2. pp. 121-131
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  1. 18. Extraordinary and Predestined Meetings
  2. pp. 132-138
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  1. 19. Old Stories of Reunion 1
  2. pp. 139-147
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  1. 20. Old Stories of Reunion 2
  2. pp. 148-156
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  1. Appendix: A Missing Story Preserved in the Yongle Encyclopedia
  2. pp. 157-164
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 165-204
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  1. Glossary of Chinese Characters
  2. pp. 205-210
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 211-214
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780295806044
Related ISBN
9780295994734
MARC Record
OCLC
911179527
Pages
208
Launched on MUSE
2015-06-25
Language
English
Open Access
No
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