Home and the World: Editing the ''Glorious Ming'' in Woodblock-Printed Books of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

Home and the World: Editing the ''Glorious Ming'' in Woodblock-Printed Books of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

by Yuming He

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Home and the World: Editing the ''Glorious Ming'' in Woodblock-Printed Books of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries by Yuming He

China's sixteenth and seventeenth centuries saw an unprecedented explosion in the production and circulation of woodblock-printed books. What can surviving traces of that era's print culture reveal about the makers and consumers of these books? Home and the World addresses this question by carefully examining a wide range of late Ming books, considering them not merely as texts, but as material objects and economic commodities designed, produced, and marketed to stand out in the distinctive book marketplace of the time, and promising high enjoyment and usefulness to readers. Although many of the mass-market commercial imprints studied here might have struck scholars from the eighteenth century on as too trivial, lowbrow, or slipshod to merit serious study, they prove to be an invaluable resource, providing insight into their readers' orientations toward the increasingly complex global stage of early modernity and toward traditional Chinese conceptions of textual, political, and moral authority. On a more intimate scale, they tell us about readers' ideals of a fashionable and pleasurable private life. Through studying these works, we come closer to recapturing the trend-conscious, sophisticated, and often subversive ways readers at this important moment in China's history imagined their world and their place within it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674066809
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 06/30/2013
Series: Harvard-Yenching Institute Monograph Series , #82
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Yuming He is Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Davis.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

1 The Boxiao zhuji and the World, of Late Ming Popular Texts 17

2 Page and Stage: Drama Miscellanies and Their Milieu 74

3 The Poetics of Error: Repetition and Novelty in the Age of Woodblock (Re)production 140

4 The Book and the Barbarian: A History of the Luochong lu 202

Conclusion: Home and the World: Editing Ming China 245

Appendixes

1 Other Known Titles by Makers of Drama Miscellanies 255

2 The "Classic of Whoring": Demimonde Fantasy and the Formation of the Ming Vernacular 261

Notes 275

Selected Bibliography 311

Index 331

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