Tag Archives: Traditional Chinese Literature

After Several Lives in the Sea of Suffering She Had Purified the Waves – Journey to the West, Part 2

Now that I am finished working on my Korean textbook, I can catch up on the Literati corner as well.  This post will cover volume 2 of Journey to the West in my edition, which includes chapters 16 through 33.  … Continue reading

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When An Egg Was Turned Into A Monkey To Complete the Great Way – Journey to the West, Part 1

This year, my Literati Corner selection will be Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en.   I will be splitting it into six parts that will be reviewed in posts between each of my regularly scheduled series.  This novel is at … Continue reading

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Taking Up Residence in the Tiger’s Lair – Zhao the Orphan, Part 2

This time in the Literati Corner, I’ll finish my review of Ji Junxiang’s Zhao the Orphan (纪君祥(元)的中国古代悲劇故事-赵氐孤儿) and cover the last four chapters. Cheng Ying tries to decide how he should proceed with his plot to save Zhao the Orphan … Continue reading

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The Depraved Duke and the Virtuous Minister – Zhao the Orphan, Part 1

This time in the Literati Corner, I will be doing a short series on the well-known classical Chinese tragedy by Ji Junxiang, Zhao the Orphan (纪君祥(元)的中国古代悲劇故事-赵氐孤儿). I will be looking at this bilingual Chinese-English adaptation by Jianping Wang and Yutang … Continue reading

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The White Fox Holy Auntie, the Devil Queen & a Monk Named Egg – The Demon Suppressing Tale, Part 2

This time for the Literati Corner, we’ll be finishing up our look at the Ping Yao Zhuan by Feng Menglong (冯梦龙的 “平妖傳”, my translation: The Demon Suppressing Tale.) Since it’s public domain, I’ll give you the links again. Here is … Continue reading

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The Sorcerer Fox and the Bewitching Beauty – The Demon Suppressing Tale, Part 1

I decided to add a new column to my 2015 reading list, the Literati Corner, which will appear between every book we finish in the original languages, and this post kicks off the first installment. This time, I have selected … Continue reading

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Mist and Rain Have Corroded My Silver Seal of Office – Chinese Poetry & Painting, Part 2

This is the conclusion of our short Christmas series on Chinese poetry with Alfreda Murck’s Poetry and Painting in Song China: The Subtle Art of Dissent and The Treasury of Chinese Love Poems: In English and Chinese, translated and edited … Continue reading

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Immaculate as White Jade, as Crystal Ice, Your Body Lies Cool in the Water Palace – Chinese Poetry & Painting, Part 1

For this year’s short Christmas series, I have selected two books in English and Chinese to review certain aspects of the history of Chinese poetry. One book is The Treasury of Chinese Love Poems: In English and Chinese, Translated and … Continue reading

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Gaudy Women and the Value of Salt – The Scholars, Part 5

In this last installment of The Scholars, female characters become the central figures in many of the subplots. The first of these we encounter hearkens back to an earlier post where we looked at the local law prohibiting “gaudy women” … Continue reading

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Singing Soldiers and the Opera Guild – The Scholars, Part 4

Starting with chapter 24, The Scholars shifts gears and turns to describe the Ming capital city of Nanking. We are introduced to actor Wen-ching Pao and the situation of opera guilds in the city. During the Ming Dynasty, Nanking was … Continue reading

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