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Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series 83

Courtesans, Concubines, and the Cult of Female Fidelity

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$49.95 • £39.95 • €45.00

ISBN 9780674066694

Publication Date: 03/18/2013


480 pages

6 x 9 inches

15 line illustrations

Harvard University Asia Center > Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series


  • List of Figures
  • Introduction
  • I. Culture, Politics, and Gender in the Northern Song
    • 1. Courtesans and the Northern Song Elite
    • 2. The Courtesan as Concubine
    • 3. Prose, Politics, and Prodigies
  • II. Markets, Mayhem, and Morality in the Southern Song
    • 4. Performance Anxiety
    • 5. Entertainers to Ancestors
    • 6. Loss, Loyalty, and Local Leverage
  • III. Conquerors and Culture in the Yuan
    • 7. Exemplary Entertainers
    • 8. Performers, Paramours, and Parents
    • 9. Entertaining Exemplars
  • Conclusion
  • Reference Matter
    • Bibliography
    • Index

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