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Qian Qianyi's Reflections on Yellow Mountain

Traces of a Late-Ming Hatchet and Chisel

Stephen McDowall

Publication Year: 2009

Qian Qianyi's Reflections on Yellow Mountain is a close examination of the practice of travel writing in seventeenth-century China, presenting a new reading of the youji genre that combines meticulous research and an innovative theoretical position.

Published by: Hong Kong University Press, HKU

Contents

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pp. -6

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Acknowledgements

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pp. vi-

An annotated translation of a portion of Qian Qianyi’s essay “You Huangshan ji” 游黃山記 appeared in my article “Qian Qianyi’s (1582–1664) Reflections on Yellow Mountain,” New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies 7 (2) (2005): 134–52, and a revised version of that section is reproduced here with permission from the NZJAS...

List of Illustrations

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pp. vii-viii

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Explanatory Notes

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pp. ix-x

Translations of official titles follow those given in Charles O. Hucker, A Dictionary of Official Titles in Imperial China (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1985). Unless otherwise stated, people mentioned in this book are referred to by their...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-11

If an artist desires to paint an object’s appearance, he should select its appearance. If he desires to paint an object’s substance appearance for substance...

Part I

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1. Of Trivial Things: Writing the Self in Late-Ming Literary Culture

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pp. 12-31

The world in which the Jiangnan man-of-letters found himself during the course of the final century of Ming rule was a fast-paced and in many ways a rather troubling place. While the population had more than doubled, and the number of degree holders had increased fivefold since the beginning of the dynasty nearly three centuries earlier, the size of the public service, the ...

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2. Landscape of Brush and Ink: Literary Tradition at Yellow Mountain

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pp. 32-48

The mountain in traditional China stood at the centre of a wide range of often competing practices relating to art, politics and most significantly, to religion, where it occupied a position both as a site of ritualistic pilgrimage activity and as a numinous object of worship....

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3. Hills and Waterways: Yellow Mountain in Seventeenth-Century Visual Culture

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pp. 49-70

The intimate connection between fine art and travel had been established for centuries by the time Guo Xi failed to mention Yellow Mountain among the empire’s great peaks. The “recumbent...

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4. Traces of Hatchet and Chisel: Qian Qianyi's Reflections on Yellow Mountain

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pp. 71-97

Qian Qianyi’s “Account of My Travels at Yellow Mountain” is an essay in nine parts, to which is attached a tenth part in the form of a preface . In total it consists of over 5,300 characters, most sections being of approximately equal size, with the exception ...

Part II

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5. Account of My Travels at Yellow Mountain

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pp. 98-142

My translation of “You Huangshan ji” below takes the version of the text found in the SBCK edition of the Muzhai chuxueji as its principal authority, and refers to alternative versions using the following abbreviations ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 143-146

In the fourth month of the guimao year of the Qianlong reign (1783), long after the calamity of 1644 had passed from living memory, the 67-year-old poet Yuan Mei was crossing one of Yellow Mountain’s terraces when he ...

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Epilogue

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pp. 147-148

Qian would not have long to dwell on his literary excess. The late-Ming world that he and his peers had known was moving inexorably towards its ignominious collapse, and even on the mountain itself it had been noticeable that “the tolling...

Appendix A

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pp. 149-155

Appendix B

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pp. 156-164

Notes

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pp. 165-193

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 194-213

Index

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pp. 214-226


E-ISBN-13: 9789882206359
Print-ISBN-13: 9789622090842

Page Count: 256
Illustrations: 14 colour illus
Publication Year: 2009