A Seventeenth-Century Anthology of Traditional Chinese Humour
AutorIn: Pi-ching Hsu
The Treasury of Laughs is a treasure house for students of literature, psycholinguistics, history, sociology, and cultural anthropology. Feng Menglong systematically collected and edited 700-odd humourous skits that presented the entire spectrum of traditional Chinese jokes, and wrote commentaries of great philosophical insight. The anthology offers satirical caricatures of human follies from the cradle to the grave and reveals tension in all sectors of human societies and institutions. Hsu Pi-ching reconstructs the complete Ming Chinese original with meticulous editorial work, in modern punctuated typesetting, and provides the only complete English translation available, with useful footnotes on word plays, literary allusions, and historical background. Readers should find the introductory essays on the connections between humour and emotions/states of mind particularly illuminating.
in Ming Qing Yanjiu
AutorIn: Hsu Pi-Ching

Abstract

The last century of the Ming dynasty saw an upsurge in romances between talented scholars and devoted courtesans. This paper discusses the social, cultural, economic, and political factors which might have contributed to the popularity of that genre. Focusing on Feng Menglong's writings of idealized courtesans who transcended their lowly existence at the bottom of gender and status hierarchies, the study also explores the interplay of ethics and culture in the courtesan-scholar romances and what the romances revealed about the literati perceptions of Self and Other.

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in Feng Menglong's Treasury of Laughs
in Feng Menglong's Treasury of Laughs
in Feng Menglong's Treasury of Laughs
in Feng Menglong's Treasury of Laughs
in Feng Menglong's Treasury of Laughs
in Feng Menglong's Treasury of Laughs
in Feng Menglong's Treasury of Laughs