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  • Quelling the Demons' Revolt
    Quelling the Demons' Revolt (English, Hardback) Patrick Hanan

    In this Ming-era novel, historical narrative, raucous humor, and the supernatural are interwoven to tell the tale of an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the Song dynasty. A poor young girl meets an old woman who gives her a magic book that allows her to create rice and money. Her father, terrified that his daughter's demonic nature might be discovered, marries her off. Forced to flee, she and...

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  • Quelling the Demons' Revolt
    Quelling the Demons' Revolt (English, Paperback) Patrick Hanan

    In this Ming-era novel, historical narrative, raucous humor, and the supernatural are interwoven to tell the tale of an unsuccessful attempt to overthrow the Song dynasty. A poor young girl meets an old woman who gives her a magic book that allows her to create rice and money. Her father, terrified that his daughter's demonic nature might be discovered, marries her off. Forced to flee, she and...

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  • Courtesans and Opium
    Courtesans and Opium (English, Paperback) Anonymous

    In his preface, the anonymous author of Courtesans and Opium describes his book as an act of penance for thirty years spent patronizing the brothels of Yangzhou. Written in the 1840s, his story is filled with vice and dark consequence, portraying the hazards of the city's seedy underbelly and warning others against the example of the Fool....

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  • The Carnal Prayer Mat
    The Carnal Prayer Mat (English, Hardback) Li Yu

    In the 300 years since its initial publication, Li Yu's book has been widely read in China, where it is recognised as a benchmark of erotic literature and currently enjoys the distinction of being a banned-in-Beijing classic.

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    Courtesans and Opium (English, Hardback) Anonymous

    In his preface, the anonymous author of Courtesans and Opium describes his book as an act of penance for thirty years spent patronizing the brothels of Yangzhou. Written in the 1840s, his story is filled with vice and dark consequence, portraying the hazards of the city's seedy underbelly and warning others against the example of the Fool....

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  • Chinese Fiction of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
    Chinese Fiction of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries (English, Hardback) Patrick Hanan

    Examines Chinese fiction before and during the period in which Chinese writers first came into contact with western fiction. This book explores the uses made of fiction by westerners in China; the adaptation and integration of western methods in Chinese fiction; and the continued vitality of the Chinese fictional tradition.

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  • The Money Demon
    The Money Demon (English, Paperback) Chen Diexian

    Chen Diexian was a writer, inventor and business tycoon whose life spanned the old China and the new. This is the story of his passage from innocent boy to young man, and in it he chooses to focus on his amorous and erotic development, a rare subject in Chinese literature.

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  • A Tower for the Summer Heat
    A Tower for the Summer Heat (English, Paperback) Li Yu

    Hanan has translated six of the twelve stories in the Sh'ier lou collection, which is the most famous individual collection of vernacular stories from premodern China. With Hanan's introduction and notes, and containing Li Yu's emphasis marks, notes, and critiques, this volume will interest students of Chinese literature and general readers alike.

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  • The Carnal Prayer Mat
    The Carnal Prayer Mat (English, Paperback) Yu Li

    In the three hundred years since its initial publication, Li Yu's The Carnal Prayer Mat has been widely read in China, where it is recognized as a benchmark of erotic literature and currently enjoys the distinction of being a banned-in-Beijing classic. The story centers on Scholar Vesperus, a handsome orphan and student of Zen. Before taking his monastic vows, Vesperus embarks on a career of...

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  • The Sea of Regret
    The Sea of Regret (English, Paperback) Wu Jianren

    Published within a few months of each other in 1906, Stones in the Sea by Fu Lin and The Sea of Regret by Wu Jianren take opposite sides in the heated turn-of-the-century debate over the place of romantic and sexual love and passion in Chinese life. The Sea of Regret, which came to be the most popular short novel of this period, is a response to the less well-known but equally significant Stones...

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    The Sea of Regret (English, Hardback) Wu Jianren

    Published within a few months of each other in 1906, Stones in the Sea by Fu Lin and The Sea of Regret by Wu Jianren take opposite sides in the heated turn-of-the-century debate over the place of romantic and sexual love and passion in Chinese life. The Sea of Regret, which came to be the most popular short novel of this period, is a response to the less well-known but equally significant Stones...

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  • A Tower for the Summer Heat
    A Tower for the Summer Heat (English, Hardback) Li Yu

    Hanan has translated six of the twelve stories in the Sh'ier lou collection, which is the most famous individual collection of vernacular stories from pre-modern China. With Hanan's introduction and notes, and containing with Li Yu's emphasis marks, notes, and critiques, this volume will interest students of Chinese literature and general readers alike.

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  • The Invention of Li Yu
    The Invention of Li Yu (English, Hardback) Professor Patrick Hanan

    Li Yu, 1610-1680, was a brilliant comic writer and entertainer, a thoroughgoing professional whose life was in his work-plays, stories, a novel, criticism, essays, and poems. Hanan places him in the society of his day, where even his precarious livelihood, his constant search for patronage, did not dampen his versatility, his irreverent wit, or his jocund spirit. Li was an exceptional figure in...

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  • The Invention of Li Yu (English, Hardback) Patrick Hanan

    Li Yu, 1610-1680, was a brilliant comic writer and entertainer, a thoroughgoing professional whose life was in his work-plays, stories, a novel, criticism, essays, and poems. Patrick Hanan places him in the society of his day, where even his precarious livelihood, his constant search for patronage, did not dampen his versatility, his irreverent wit, or his jocund spirit. Li was also an epicure, an...

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  • Chinese Short Story (English, Hardback) Patrick Hanan

    During the centuries of its popularity, early Chinese vernacular fiction was never adequately preserved or even documented. The great popular appeal of the short stories saved them from oblivion, but it was only in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries that they were first collected and published.Mr. Hanan's erudite study is the first thorough attempt to uncover the history of the Chinese short...

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  • Falling in Love
    Falling in Love (English, Paperback) Patrick Hanan

    Falling in love, with all its accompanying problems, was a subject of obsessive interest among writers and readers in the Ming Dynasty, when society held strictly to arranged marriages. This work contains stories that deal with this theme in different ways. They portray young people choosing their own lovers, resorting to ingenious stratagems.

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