Shan Ameng, Shaanxi Songs of a Boudoir Beauty (Also known as Zither Songs of a Boudoir Beauty or Marital Harmony and credited to Pu Songling)
- CHINOPERL: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literature
- University of Hawai'i Press
- Volume 40, Number 1, July 2021
- pp. 35-64
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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).