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Poetic Transformations

Eighteenth-Century Cultural Projects on the Mekong Plains

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$49.95 • £39.95 • €45.00

ISBN 9780674237230

Publication Date: 06/11/2019


308 pages

6 x 9 inches

1 photo, 3 maps

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  • List of Maps and Figure*
  • Acknowledgments
  • Note on Translation
  • Introduction: Cultural Projects on the Southern Vietnamese Frontier
  • I. Drama on the Frontier
    • 1. Frontier Humor and the Inadequacies of Orthodoxy
    • 2. The Classical in the Vernacular
    • 3. The Illness of Human Emotions
  • II. Lyrics and Landscapes
    • 4. Writing Landscapes into Civilization: Ming Loyalist Ambitions on the Mekong Plains
    • 5. Epistolary Expositions: Geopolitical Realities on the Delta
    • 6. A Vietnamese Reimagining of a Chinese Enclave
  • Epilogue: Deaths of Authors, Lives of Texts
  • Appendix: Translation of Nguyen Cu Trinh’s Sãi Vãi (A Monk and a Nun), 1750
  • Works Cited
  • Index
  • * Maps and Figure
    • Maps
      • 1. Quảng Ngãi and Hà Tiên, home of two eighteenth-century literary projects.
      • 2. Quảng Ngãi Province, showing the Đá Vách people and mountain range.
      • 3. Ming loyalist settlements on the Mekong delta.
    • Figure 1. Title page of the 1874 printing of Sãi Vãi.

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