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Tan, Tian Yuan (2016) 'Springtime Passion and Literary Tradition in Peony Pavilion.' International Communication of Chinese Culture, 3 (1). pp. 57-65.

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Mudan ting牡丹亭 (Peony Pavilion), written by Tang Xianzu 湯顯祖(1550-1616) in the late sixteenth century, remains one of the most read and frequently performed Chinese drama nowadays. Best known for its depiction of qing 情 (emotion, passion), the drama is replete with allusions, topoi, and words of love. Building on my earlier work studying Mudan ting as an intertext of love in Passion, Romance, and Qing (Brill, 2014), in this paper I discuss the complex concept of love in the drama, focusing on the terms and concepts of love associated with the meanings of spring. The playwright and his characters repeatedly remind us that love is most complex and difficult to tell or comprehend. If so, how could such emotions and desires be expressed? This paper explores the strong presence and function of Chinese literary tradition in the process of the discovery and communication of the meanings of love in the drama.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Mudan ting, Peony Pavilion, Tang Xianzu, drama, qing, Chinese literature,theatre
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of China and Inner Asia
ISSN: 21974233
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 02 May 2016 18:59

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