Stories Old and New: A Ming Dynasty Collection / Edition 1

Stories Old and New: A Ming Dynasty Collection / Edition 1

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Stories Old and New: A Ming Dynasty Collection / Edition 1

Stories Old and New is the first complete translation of Feng Menglong’s Gujin xiaoshuo (also known as Yushi mingyan, Illustrious Words to Instruct the World), a collection of 40 short stories first published in 1620 in China. This is considered the best of Feng’s three such collections and was a pivotal work in the development of vernacular fiction. The stories are valuable as examples of early fiction and for their detailed depiction of daily life among a broad range of social classes. The stories are populated by scholars and courtesans, spirits and ghosts, Buddhist monks and nuns, pirates and emperors, and officials both virtuous and corrupt. The streets and abodes of late-Ming China come alive in Shuhui Yang and Yunqin Yang’s smooth and colorful translation of these entertaining tales.

Stories Old and New has long been popular in China and has been published there in numerous editions. Although some of the stories have appeared in English translations in journals and anthologies, they have not previously been presented sequentially in thematic pairs as arranged by Feng Menglong. This unabridged translation, illustrated with a selection of woodcuts from the original Ming dynasty edition and including Feng’s interlinear notes and marginal comments, as well as all of the verse woven throughout the text, allows the modern reader to experience the text as did its first audience nearly four centuries ago.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780295978444
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 03/01/2000
Series: Ming Dynasty Collection Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 825
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.64(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Shuhui Yang is associate professor of Chinese at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. He is the author of Appropriation and Representation: Feng Menglong and the Chinese Vernacular Story. Yunqin Yang is a freelance simultaneous interpreter at the United Nations.For other titles in the collection go to

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Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsIntroductionTranslators’ NoteChronology of Chinese DynastiesTitle Page from the 1620 EditionPreface to the 1620 Edition1) Jiang Zingge Reencounters His Pearl Shirt2) Censor Chen Ingeniously Solves the Case of the Gold Hairpins and Brooches3) Han the Fifth Sells Her Charms in New Bridge Town4) Ruan San Redeems His Debt in Leisurely Clouds Nunnery5) Penniless Ma Zhou Meets His Opportunity through a Woman Selling Pancakes6) Lord Ge Gives Away Pearl Maiden7) Yang Jiao’ai Lays Down His Life for the Sake of Friendship8) Wu Bao’an Abandons His Family to Ransom His Friend9) Duke Pei of Jin Returns a Concubine to Her Rightful Husband10) Magistrate Teng Settles the Case of Inheritance with Ghostly Cleverness11) Zhao Bosheng Meets with Emperor Renzong in a Teahouse12) Zhang Daoling Tests Zhao Sheng Seven Times14) Chen Xiyi Rejects Four Appointments from the Imperial court15) The Dragon-and-Tiger Reunion of Shi Hongzhao the Minister and his Friend the King16) The Chicken-and-Millet Dinner for Fan Juqing, Friend in Life and Death17) Shan Fulang’s Happy Marriage in Quanzhou18) Yang Balao’s Extraordinary Family Reunion in the Land of Yue19) Yang Qianzhi Meets a Monk Knight-Errant on a Journey by Boat20) Chen Congshan Loses His Wife on Mei Ridge21) Qian Poliu Begins His Career in Lin’an22) Zheng Huchen Seeks Revenge in Mumian Temple23) Zhang Shunmei Finds a Fair Lady during the Lantern Festival24) Yang Siwen Meets an Old Acquaintance in Yanshan25) Yan Pingzhong Kills Three Men with Two Peaches26) Shen Ziu Causes Seven Deaths with One Bird27) Jin Yunu Beats the Heartless Man28) Li Xiuqing Marries the Virgin Huang with Honor29) Monk Moon Bright Redeems Willow Green30) Abbot Mingwu Redeems Abbot Wujie31) Sima Mao Disrupts Order in the Underworld and Sits in Judgement32) Humu Di Intones Poems and Visits the Netherworld33) Old Man Zhang Grows Melons and Marries Wennu34) Mr. Li Saves a Snake and Wins Chenxin35) The Monk with a Note Cleverly Tricks Huangfu’s Wife36) Song the Fourth Greatly Torments Tightwad Zhang37) Emperor Wudi of the Liang Dynasty Goes to the Land of Extreme Bliss through Ceaseless Cultivation38) Ren the Filial Son with a Fiery Disposition Becomes a God39) Wang Xinzhi Dies to Save the Entire Family40) Shen Xiaoxia Encounters the Expedition MemorialsNotesBibliography

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