The narrative art of Tsai-sheng-yuÌ?an: A feminist vision in traditional Confucian society

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Sung, Marina H.
Published by CMC Publications, Taipei (1994)
ISBN 10: 0896446824 ISBN 13: 9780896446823
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Book Description CMC Publications, Taipei, 1994. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Very good hardback copy in very good dustjacket. xiv, 205pp. Tsai-sheng-yuan (Love Reincarnated), a t'an-tz'u narrative written by Ch'en Tuan-sheng (1751-1796) is primarily a work about women. Utilizing an art form popular in Ch'en's time among women, it tells the story of a woman who tries to find a balance between her love for a man and her attraction to the dramatic success she herself achieves while disguised as a man. It can be seen as presenting a feminist vision promoting the emancipation of Chinese women, but it does so within the context of the largely Confucian values which had been institutionalized as the norm of Chinese society at the time. This book is a study of the narrative techniques of the author and their influence on the reading of the work. A brief biography of the author is provided to facilitate the reader's understanding of the many autobiographical references in the Tsai-sheng-yuan. Since the work was left unfinished by Ch'en Tuan-sheng but completed by another writer, Liang Te-sheng (1771-1847), a biography of the latter is also presented, along with a discussion of how her completion of the story embodies a more institutionalized view of women and thus undermines Ch'en's vision. The body of the book explores the author's use of various narrative techniques to develop her themes. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 017024

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