116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Chinese Literature and Culture

Session Chair: 
Julian Wu, Western Washington University
Session 9: Sunday 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Miller Hall 154


  1. Mengjun Li, University of Puget Sound
    This paper looks at the adaptation of the novel entitled Ping Shan Leng Yan into a chuanqi play entitled Yüchi lou. It examines the transformation of a popular novel written for the book market into a literati play, one composed to celebrate a high-ranking local official as a patron of culture. It shows the influence of popular culture on the literary production of elite circles, while offering a good example of the role of drama in the phenomenon of cultural patronage in the early Qing.
  2. Julian Wu, Western Washington University
     I will examine typical travel motifs in late Ming popular dramas with their woodblock illustrations in various editions, applying a border-crossing and dialogic perspective throughout the analysis. There was a community of illustration makers with overlapping identities (painters, carvers, printers) that produced a large repertoire of inter-pictorialized images. These pictures existed dialogically in parallel with their verbal counterparts. Furthermore, they conversed with each other and displayed their unique value in the interconnected relationship.
  3. Yu Wen, University of Toronto (Canada)
    This paper focuses on discussions of how the literati transformed life predicaments into cultural capital by acting and performing as Hanshi 寒士 (poor scholars) in Mid-Tang dynasty. By employing negative writings, Han Meng Poetry School expanded the poetic discourse to include the strange in the name of being inclusive and closer to reality. The paper explores these problematic: how did the literati define and present themselves in Mid-Tang’s culture? What is “chanting bitterness” 吟苦 and “bitter chanting” 苦吟? 
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