Six Records of a Floating Life

Author: Shen Fu

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141920343

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 176

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Six Records of a Floating Life (1809) is an extraordinary blend of autobiography, love story and social document written by a man who was educated as a scholar but earned his living as a civil servant and art dealer. In this intimate memoir, Shen Fu recounts the domestic and romantic joys of his marriage to Yün, the beautiful and artistic girl he fell in love with as a child. He also describes other incidents of his life, including how his beloved wife obtained a courtesan for him and reflects on his travels through China. Shen Fu's exquisite memoir shows six parallel 'layers' of one man's life, loves and career, with revealing glimpses into Chinese society of the Ch'ing Dynasty.

Six Records of a Floating Life

Author: Shen Fu

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 0140444297

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 0

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Six Records of a Floating Life (1809) is an extraordinary blend of autobiography, love story and social document written by a man who was educated as a scholar but earned his living as a civil servant and art dealer. In this intimate memoir, Shen Fu recounts the domestic and romantic joys of his marriage to Yun, the beautiful and artistic girl he fell in love with as a child. He also describes other incidents of his life, including how his beloved wife obtained a courtesan for him and reflects on his travels through China. Shen Fu's exquisite memoir shows six parallel "layers" of one man's life, loves and career, with revealing glimpses into Chinese society of the Ch'ing Dynasty. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Six Records of a Life Adrift

Author: Fu Shen,Graham Sanders

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 9781603841986

Category: History

Page: 148

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This memoir of a life in the Qing dynasty reveals a sensitive and artistic man, who failed at the civil service examinations that were the gateway to official employment and had to settle for becoming an itinerant private secretary, dabbling unsuccessfully in making a living as an artist and a merchant. Aided by his intelligent and devoted wife, Yun, Shen Fu struggles to maintain the illusion that he is a scholarly man of leisure. Underlying Shen Fu's account are vivid examples of domestic life, rites and rituals, the workings of government, and the role of the courtesan in nineteenth-century China. Graham Sander's translation -- the first in nearly 30 years -- is a model of accuracy and fluency, bringing the subtleties of the original to light in English for the first time. His general introduction discusses themes in the work, the character of Shen Fu and Yun, Suzhou and the surrounding area, levels of society in the Qing, and the role of concubines. Annotation, a chronology of events, a glossary and maps are also included.

Comparative Criticism: Volume 9, Cultural Perceptions and Literary Values

Author: E. S. Shaffer

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521341721

Category: Drama

Page: 432

View: 7804


The ninth volume of this annual journal continues the consideration of the relations of European with non-European literatures begun in volume 8. It brings the series of special bibliographies on the history of comparative literary studies in the UK up to 1965, and contains the annual bibliography of comparative literature, covering 1984.

The Old Man of the Moon

Author: Shen Fu

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141397810

Category: Fiction

Page: 80

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'Our passion was so great. Will the Old Man understand and help us once again?' The Old Man of the Moon is Shen Fu's intimate and moving account of his marriage - from early passion to the trials of poverty and separation - and his great, enduring love for his wife in eighteenth-century China. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions. Shen Fu (born c. 1763). Shen Fu's work is available in Penguin Classics in Six Records of a Floating Life.

Banished Immortal

Author: Paul S. Ropp

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472088928

Category: Social Science

Page: 340

View: 9523


A lyrical account of a decade-long search for the truth about Shuangqing, China's peasant woman poet

Heritage of China

Author: Paul S. Ropp,Timothy Hugh Barrett

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520064416

Category: History

Page: 396

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The thirteen essays in this volume, all by experts in the field of Chinese studies, reflect the diversity of approaches scholars follow in the study of China's past. Together they reveal the depth and vitality of Chinese civilization and demonstrate how an understanding of traditional China can enrich and broaden our own contemporary worldview.

A Concise History of Chinese Literature

Author: Yuming Luo

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004203664

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 1025

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A history of Chinese literature from its early beginnings through the end of the Qing dynasty, this recent work from Professor Luo Yuming of China s Fudan University seeks to provide, by adopting new theoretical perspectives and using updated research, a coherent, panoramic description of the development of Chinese literature and its major characteristics. As one of the very few English translations of such works by Chinese authors it seeks to inform the Western audience of the recent viewpoints and scholarship on the topic from a leading Chinese scholar. It may also provide some grounds of comparison and contrast with equivalent works in the West.

Polygamy and Sublime Passion

Author: Keith McMahon

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824833767

Category: Social Science

Page: 226

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For centuries of Chinese history, polygamy and prostitution were closely linked practices that legitimized the 'polygynous male'. This title introduces a fresh concept, 'passive polygamy', to explain the unusual number of Qing stories in which women take charge of a man's desires, turning him into an instrument of female will.

The Emerging Lesbian

Author: Tze-Lan D. Sang

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226734781

Category: History

Page: 400

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In early twentieth-century China, age-old traditions of homosocial and homoerotic relationships between women suddenly became an issue of widespread public concern. Discussed formerly in terms of friendship and sisterhood, these relationships came to be associated with feminism, on the one hand, and psychobiological perversion, on the other—a radical shift whose origins have long been unclear. In this first ever book-length study of Chinese lesbians, Tze-lan D. Sang convincingly ties the debate over female same-sex love in China to the emergence of Chinese modernity. As women's participation in social, economic, and political affairs grew, Sang argues, so too did the societal significance of their romantic and sexual relations. Focusing especially on literature by or about women-preferring women, Sang traces the history of female same-sex relations in China from the late imperial period (1600-1911) through the Republican era (1912-1949). She ends by examining the reemergence of public debate on lesbians in China after Mao and in Taiwan after martial law, including the important roles played by globalization and identity politics.