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Annotated Translation Of A Chinese Short Story

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Title: Annotated Translation Of A Chinese Short Story
Authors: Lau, Chau Mun
Issue Date: 15 Jan 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: "The Everlasting Couple" is the ninth tale from Hsing­shih Heng-yen (Tales to Rouse the World), A Ming anthology of vernacular short stories edited by Feng Meng-lung at the end of the Ming Dynasty, between the years of 1620 and 1628. In addition to this, Feng also edited Ching-shih tung-yen (Tales to Warn the World) and Yu-shih ming-yen (Tales to Illuminate the World). These three works are more commonly known as the san-yen. The san-yen, each contains forty tales, were selected from the extensive collections of the Sung, Yuan, and Ming dynasties. These short stories had their origins as "prompt-books", used by the professional story-tellers in a comparatively low stratum of society. For during the Tang-Sung periods, story­telling was regarded only as folk entertainment and had no status with the scholarly world. As a result, few story-tellers would bother to develop their "prompt-books" into full-length stories. Thus, it is really a matter of good luck for Chinese literature that these "prompt-books" later came to the attention of competent scholars like Feng who undertook themselves to give these crude tales some elaborate emendation. But it was not until the May 4th movement that this type of Vernacular literature acquired such a prominent place in Chinese literature.
Pages/Duration: 37 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/32248
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