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Vignettes from the Late Ming A Hsiao-p'in Anthology by Yang Ye
  

Vignettes from the Late Ming A Hsiao-p'in Anthology

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Vignettes from the Late Ming A Hsiao-p'in Anthology by Yang Ye

This anthology presents seventy translated and annotated short essays, or hsiao-p'in, by fourteen well-known sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Chinese writers. Hsiao-p'in, characterized by spontaneity and brevity, were a relatively informal variation on the established classical prose style in which all scholars were trained. Written primarily to amuse and entertain the reader, hsiao-p'in reflect the rise of individualism in the late Ming period and collectively provide a panorama of the colorful life of the age. Critics condemned the genre as escapist because of its focus on life's sensual pleasures and triviality, and over the next two centuries many of these playful and often irreverent works were officially censored. Today, the essays provide valuable and rare accounts of the details over everyday life in Ming China as well as displays of wit and delightful turns of phrase.

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This book is well-produced and well-designed. It is also itself like a hsiao-p'in, short and elegant. * Sino-Platonic Papers 98 * This slim-and handsome-volume constitutes a very fine contribution to the recent flurry of translations of traditional Chinese literature, one that can serve as both textbook and reference for a variety of readers. * Journal of Asian and African Studies *


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Book Info

Publication date

1st March 1999

Author

Yang Ye

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Publisher

University of Washington Press

Format

Paperback
216 pages

Categories

Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900

ISBN

9780295977331

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