Abstract

Abstract:

This article provides a full translation of Guiyan Qinsheng (Shaanxi Songs of a Boudoir Beauty). This text, made up of songs and verse and arranged in ten chapters, provides a detailed first-person narrative of the feelings of a young girl as she matures from a teenager eager to get married to a happy bride, in the process shedding her innocence and turning into a manipulative tease. It stands out for the relative openness with which it describes female sexuality. The introduction focuses on the disputed authorship of this text. While the earliest known printings credit Guiyan Qinsheng to a certain Shan Ameng, the text, under a slightly different title, has also been studied and published in recent decades as one of the rustic songs of Pu Songling (1640–1715).

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Additional Information

ISSN
0193-7774
Print ISSN
2051-6150
Pages
pp. 35-64
Launched on MUSE
2021-07-27
Open Access
No
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