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Harvard East Asian Monographs 426

Regional Literature and the Transmission of Culture

Chinese Drum Ballads, 1800–1937

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$75.00 • £65.95 • €68.95

ISBN 9780674241183

Publication Date: 02/04/2020


458 pages

6 x 9 inches

30 illus., 19 maps, 22 tables

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  • List of Figures, Maps, and Tables
  • Acknowledgments
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Note to the Reader
  • Introduction
  • 1. Drum Ballads as Regional Literature
    • Texts and Producers
    • Circulation and Transmission
    • Manuscript Drum Ballads
      • Narrator Appeals and Geographic Detail
    • Woodblock Drum Ballads
      • Changing Local Appeals
    • Conclusion: Drum Ballads and Regional Popular Culture
  • 2. Audiences and Reading Practices: The Eye and the Ear
    • Reading in Parts
      • Ballad Prices
    • Evoking Performance
      • Drum Ballads and Performance Conventions
      • Foregrounding the Storehouse of Convention
      • Mixed Signals in Woodblock Ballads
    • The Eye and the Ear
      • Non-Standard Orthography in the Ballads
    • Conclusion
  • 3. Imagining Region: Space in the Ballads
    • The Chewangfu Manuscript Ballads
      • Settings: North and South
      • Center versus Local
    • Woodblock Ballads on Judge Liu
      • Increasing Regionalization
    • Woodblock Ballads on Judge Shi
      • Ties to Empire versus Region
    • Conclusion
  • 4. Court-Case Ballads: Popular Ideals of Justice
    • The Terminology of Justice
      • Reason, Truth, and Evidence
      • Law and Social Justice
      • The Problem of Renqing
    • The Judge: Heaven, Man, and Evidence
      • Heaven, Principle, and Common Sense
      • Judge Liu, Confucian Insight, and Evidence
    • Framing and Multiple Perspectives
      • Dialogization
    • Conclusion
  • 5. Legends, Media, and the Transmission of Ideas
    • The Chewangfu Manuscript Ballads
    • Woodblock-Printed Ballads: Framing as Fiction
    • The Wise Judge and the Martial Hero
    • Media and Legend
      • Peking Opera
      • Popular Prints
    • Conclusion
  • 6. Drum Ballads in Shanghai: The Shift to National Culture
    • Reprints of Old Drum Ballads in Shanghai
      • Publishers and Prices of Drum Ballads
      • The Eye and the Ear in Shanghai Drum Ballads
      • The Impact of Lithographic Drum Ballads
      • Judge Liu Ballads in the Republican Era
    • Drum Ballads as “Popular” Literature
    • Conclusion
  • Conclusion
  • Appendixes
    • A. Extant Editions of Drum Ballads on Judge Liu and Judge Shi and Related Texts
    • B. Other Known Lithograph Editions of Drum Ballads on Judge Liu, Judge Shi, and Green Peony
    • C. Judge Shi and Judge Liu in Written Sources and Oral Performance
    • D. Judge Shi and Judge Liu in Popular Prints
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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