Crisis and transformation in seventeenth-century China : society, culture, and modernity in Li Yü's world /
Chun-shu Chang and Shelley Hsueh-lun Chang.
Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c1992.
x, 452 p. : map ; 24 cm.
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Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, c1992.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 371-427) and index.
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Li Y"u was a 17th-century litterateur who was widely read for his dramas, fiction, and essays. Also known by his courtesy name Li-weng, Li Y"u secured the sheng-yuan degree but was not able to pass the higher levels of the imperial civil service examination. Responding to his own failure, the death of his mother, and the Manchu conquest of China, he decided to become a professional writer. As a publisher and entrepreneur, he set up a firm that printed the renowned Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting ed. by Wang Kai and Wang Shih in 1680 (facsimile ed. 1977). Despite his very considerable attainments, Li Y"u's reputation has been mixed. Confucian values and Manchu attempts at ideological control led to the proscription of Li Y"u's writings which contained interesting ideas about women, individualism, education, popular culture, and social mores. In this rich and wonderful study, historians Chun-shu Chang (University of Michigan) and Shelley Hsueh-lun Chang (Lanzhou University) have presented an illuminating and sophisticated portrait of Li Y"u and the transitional values of the late Ming and early Ch'ing era. More than a mere biographical treatment, this is an excellent examination of a period when change permitted cultural pluralism and intellectual diversity. Lucidly written, this book is filled with engaging insights and is suitable for a broad audience. F. Ng; California State University, Fresno
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Table of Contents
Chronology: Ming and Ching
Note about Romanization
Introductionp. 1
Prologue. In Search of Li Yu and His World: Conflict and Tension between Individual and Societyp. 9
Sociopolitical Change and Individual Response: Li Yu's Life and Work in the Age of Transitionp. 47
Crisis and Transformation in the Ming-Ching World: The Making of a Professional Writerp. 129
State and Society in Li Yu's Playsp. 193
Individual and Society in Li Yu's Fictionp. 231
Crisis and Revolution in the Ming-Ching Intellectual World: Li Yu's World in Historical Perspectivep. 267
Epilogue. In Appreciation of Li Yu: The Individual in Political Change and Sociocultural Transformationp. 321
Glossaryp. 363
Bibliographyp. 371
Indexp. 429
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