The Quest for the Childlike in Seventeenth-century Chinese Fiction: Fantasy, Naivety, and Folly

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Edwin Mellen Press, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 219 pages
This study examines what has been described as the 'cult of the child' in late Ming China and explores how this influenced classical Chinese fiction of the seventeenth century. Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, this monograph conducts an analysis of childlikeness in fiction. and specifically in the most important seventeenth-centul), anthology of fiction. the Liuozhai zh(vi, by Pu Songling (1640-1715).

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Dr.Frances Weightman is Lecturer in Chinese Studies in the Department of East Asian Studies, University of Leeds where she teaches courses on literature, history, literary translation and Chinese language.

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