• Carnival in China : A Reading of the Xingshi Yinyuan Zhuan

    Berg, Daria 2002 Brill Book Archive Part 1, ISBN: 9789004472495 , Vol. 1 ( Serie ) Leiden; Boston : BRILL 9789004453401 | 9789004124264 | BRILL9789004453401 Abstract

    As if under the satirical magnifying glass, the Xingshi Yinyuan Zhuan, an anonymous traditional Chinese novel, portrays local society and provincial life in seventeenth-century China in comic and grotesque close-up. A dystopian satire, the novel provides fascinating insights into the popular culture and wild imagination of men and women in late imperial China. Using an array of sources—fiction, poetry, texts on medical ethics, religious thought, political and philosophical treatises, morality books and local gazetteers—Carnival in China develops a style of reading that explores how seventeenth-century Chinese citizens perceived their world. Through their eyes, we gain access to their desires, dreams, fears and nightmares.


    Philosophical literature

Berg, Daria
Philosophical literature

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