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Emerging from Anonymity: The First Generation of Writers of Songs and Drama in Mid-Ming Nanjing

Tan, Tian Yuan (2010) 'Emerging from Anonymity: The First Generation of Writers of Songs and Drama in Mid-Ming Nanjing.' T’oung Pao. International Journal of Chinese Studies, 96 (1-3). pp. 125-164.

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Abstract

This article traces the first generation of writers of songs and drama in Nanjing who emerged from the anonymous context of early Ming court entertainment and established their name and reputation in the second half of the fifteenth century. These writers—Shi Zhong (1437-after 1516), Chen Duo (1454?-1507?), and Xu Lin (1462-1538)—represented a different mode of writing songs and drama. For them it was no longer a professional occupation, as in the case of the court performers, but became part of their cultural and social life. The extent to which our knowledge of these first generation qu writers depends on local sources and on acts of remembrance by later Nanjing authors is also examined.

Item Type: Articles
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia
ISSN: 00825433
Copyright Statement: Permission granted by Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.: "the original author is free to post the article on his own website or webpage."
Depositing User: Tian Yuan Tan
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2010 13:08
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/10393

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