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Harvard East Asian Monographs 197

Competing Discourses

Orthodoxy, Authenticity, and Engendered Meanings in Late Imperial Chinese Fiction

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ISBN 9780674005129

Publication Date: 06/01/2001


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  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Narrative Structures of Orthodoxy
    • Orthodox Constructions of Self
    • Ritual, Yinyang Cosmology, and the Construction of Gender
    • Wen and the Aesthetics of Orthodoxy
  • 2. The Late Ming Reinterpretation of Human Nature
    • The Paradoxical Meanings of Qing
    • Subjective Qing Versus the Objective Ideal in Orthodox Neo-Confucianism
    • The Late Ming Reformulation of Human Nature
    • Li Zhi, Desire, and Authenticity
    • Ritual and Desire Reconciled in Qing Thought
    • From Philosophy to Fiction: The Aesthetics of Qing
  • 3. Xingshi yinyuan zhuan: Orthodoxy and the Making of the Shrew
    • Inversions of Orthodoxy: Xingshi and Failed Self-Cultivation
    • Fox-Spirits and the Wounds of Self-Cultivation
    • The Shrew and Yinyang Symbolism
  • 4. Reflections of Desire in Honglou meng
    • The Feminization of Baoyu’s World
    • Prospect Garden and the Staging of Qing
    • Desire and Dissolution of Ritual Identities
    • Yinyang Numerology and the Precious Mirror Chapters
    • Responding to Discursive Ambiguity: The Commentaries of Red Inkstone and Zhang Xinzhi
  • 5. Expanding Orthodoxy: Narrative Excess and Expedient Authenticity in Yesou puyan
    • Xia Jingqu and Yesou puyan
    • Yinyang Iconography in Yesou puyan
    • Yesou puyan and the Masculinization of the Scholar-Beauty Genre
    • Expediency, Qing, and the Ethics of Sexuality
  • 6. Heroic Women and Deficient Men in Jinghua yuan and Ernü yingxiong zhuan
    • The Rule of Women in Jinghua yuan
    • Ernü yingxiong zhuan: Playing with Gender/Genre
  • 7. Conclusion: From the Symbolic to the Political
  • Reference Matter
    • Bibliography
    • Index

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