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Songs of Contentment and Transgression: Discharged Officials and Literati Communities in Sixteenth-Century North China

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Songs of Contentment and Transgression: Discharged Officials and Literati Communities in Sixteenth-Century North China - Tan, Tian Yuan
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A discharged official in mid-Ming China faced significant changes in his life. This book explores three such officials in the sixteenth century--Wang Jiusi, Kang Hai, and Li Kaixian--who turned to literary endeavors when forced to retire. Instead of the formal writing expected of scholar-officials, however, they chose to engage in the stigmatized genre of qu (songs), a collective term for drama and sanqu. As their efforts reveal, a disappointing end to an official career and a physical move away from the center led to their ...

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Songs of Contentment and Transgression: Discharged Officials and Literati Communities in Sixteenth-Century North China 2010, Harvard University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780674056046

Hardcover