Stories to Caution the World: A Ming Dynasty Collection, Volume 2

Stories to Caution the World: A Ming Dynasty Collection, Volume 2

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Stories to Caution the World: A Ming Dynasty Collection, Volume 2 by Feng Menglong

Stories to Caution the World is the first complete translation of Jingshi tongyan, the second of Feng Menglong's three collections of stories which were pivotal in the development of Chinese vernacular fiction. These tales, whose importance in the Chinese literary canon and in world literature is without question, have been compared to Boccaccio's Decameron and the stories of A Thousand and One Nights.

Peopled with scholars, emperors, ministers, generals, and a gallery of ordinary men and women in their everyday surroundings -- merchants and artisans, prostitutes and courtesans, matchmakers and fortune-tellers, monks and nuns, servants and maids, thieves and imposters -- the stories in this collection provide a vivid panorama of the bustling world of imperial China before the end of the Ming dynasty.

Feng Menglong collected popular stories from a variety of sources (some dating back centuries) and circulated them via the flourishing seventeenth-century publishing industry. He not only saved them from oblivion but elevated the status of vernacular literature and provided material for authors of the great late-Ming and Qing novels to draw upon. As in their translation of the first collection of Feng's trilogy, Stories Old and New, Shuhui and Yunqin Yang include all forty stories as well as Feng's interlinear and marginal comments and all of the verse woven throughout the stories.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780295801292
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 792
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Feng Menglong (1574-1646), the most knowledgeable connoisseur of popular literature of his time, is best known for his three collections of vernacular stories, now commonly known as the Sanyan. Shuhui Yang is professor of Chinese at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. Yunqin Yang is a simultaneous interpreter in the United Nations Secretariat. Together, they translated Feng's Gujin xiaoshuo as Stories Old and New: A Ming Dynasty Collection (Volume 1).

Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionTranslators' NoteChronology of Chinese DynastiesStories to Caution the WorldTitle Page from the 1624 EditionPreface to the 1624 Edition1. Yu Boya Smashes His Zither in Gratitude to an Appreciative Friend2. Zhuang Zhou Drums on a Bowl and Attains the Great Dao3. Three Times Wang Anshi Tries to Baffle Academician Su4. In the Hall Halfway-up-the-Hill, the Stubborn One Dies of Grief5. Lu Yu Returns the Silver and Brings about Family Reunion6. Yu Liang Writes Poems and Wins Recognition from the Emperor7. Chen Kechang Becomes an Immortal during the Dragon Boat Festival8. Artisan Cui's Love Is Cursed in Life and in Death9. "Li the Banished Immortal" Writes in Drunkenness to Impress the Barbarians10. Secretary Qian Leaves Poems on the Swallow Tower11. A Shirt Reunites Magistrate Su with His Family12. A Double Mirror Brings Fan the Loach and His Wife Together Again13. Judge Bao Solves a Case through a Ghost That Appeared Thrice14. A Mangy Priest Exorcises a Den of Ghosts15. Clerk Jin Rewards Xiutong with a Pretty Maidservant16. The Young Lady Gives the Young Man a Gift of Money17. The Luckless Scholar Rises Suddenly in Life18. A Former Protogee Repays His Patron unto the Third Generation19. With a White Falcon, Young Master Cui Brings an Evil Spirit upon Himself20. The Golden Eel Brings Calmity to Officer Ji21. Emperor Taizu Escorts Jinniang on a One-Thousand-Li Journey22. Young Mr. Song Reunites with His Family by Means of a Tattered Felt Hat23. Mr. Le Junior Searches for His Wife at the Risk of His Life 24. Yutangchun Reunites with Her Husband in Her Distress25. Squire Gui Repents at the Last Moment26. Scholar Tang Gains a Wife after One Smile27. Fame Immortals Throw Guanghua Temple into an Uproar28. Madame White Is Kept Forever under the Thunder Peak Tower29. Zhang Hao Meets Yingying at Lingering Frangrance Pavilion30. Wu Qing Meets Ai'ai by Golden Bright Pond31. Zhao Chun'er Restores Prosperity32. Du Shiniang Sinks Her Jewel Box in Anger33. Qiao Yanjie's Concubine Ruins the Family34. Wang Jiaoluan's One Hundred Years of Sorrow35. Prefect Kuang Solves the Case of the Dead Baby36. The King of the Honey Locust Grove Assumes Human Shape37. Wan Xiuniang Takes Revenge through Toy Pavilions38. Jiang Shuzhen Dies in Fulfillment of a Love Bird Prophecy39. The Stars of Fortune, Rank, and Longevity Return to Heaven40. An Iron Tree at Jingyang Palace Subdues DemonsNotes

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