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Toward the end of the eighteenth century Ji Xiaolan, widely regarded as the most eminent scholar and foremost wit of his age, published five collections of anecdotes and discourses centring on the interaction between the mundane and spirit worlds, but also including purely earthly life stories and happenings. Some items represent Ji’s own thought and experiences, but the majority were supplied by others, Ji acting only as recorder. Settings range socially from the milieux of peasants, servants and merchants to those of governors and ministers, and geographically extend to the far reaches of the Qing empire. Contents may dwell on comedy or tragedy, cruelty or kindness, corruption or integrity, erudition or ignorance, credulity or scepticism; several items borrow ghost stories to satirize men and manners; some straightforwardly examine current beliefs and practices. Taken together, this miscellany presents a picture of the contemporary world unmatched in its scope and variety of perspectives, and in this way comes nearer to depicting “real life” than novels or institutional histories.

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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Quotes, Skeleton Chronology
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Illustrations
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Illustrations
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  1. Part I. The Supernatural and the Curious
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  1. 1. Spirits, Spectres and Demons
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  1. 2. Ghosts
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  1. 3. Hauntings
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  1. 4. Foxes
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  1. 5. Fortune-telling
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  1. 6. Beyond Belief
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  1. 7. Reincarnation
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  1. 8. Curiosities
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  1. 9. The Wild West
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  1. Part II. The Official’s Milieu
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  1. 10. Officialdom
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  1. 11. Legal Dilemmas and Disputes
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  1. 12. Yamen Staff
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  1. 13. Servants
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  1. Part III. Family and Friends
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  1. 14. Hearth and Home
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  1. 15. Piety and Paragons
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  1. 16. Love Pledged and Blighted
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  1. 17. Friends and False Friends
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  1. 18. Personal
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  1. Part IV. A Mirror on Society
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  1. 19. Dogma and Dogmatists
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  1. 20. Morality
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  1. 21. Pedants
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  1. 22. Women
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  1. 23. Homosexuality
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  1. 24. Impersonation
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  1. 25. Fraud
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  1. 26. Merchants
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  1. 27. Bandits, Brigands and Robbers
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  1. 28. Physical Prowess
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  1. 29. Jesuits in China
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789629969585
Related ISBN(s)
9789629966010
MARC Record
OCLC
890950867
Pages
376
Launched on MUSE
2014-09-19
Language
English
Open Access
No
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