Strange Tales from Liaozhai - Vol. 6
The weird and whimsical short stories in Strange Tales from Liaozhai show their author, Pu Songling (1640-1715), to be both an explorer of the macabre, like Edgar Allan Poe, and a moralist, like Aesop. In this first complete translation of the collection's 494 stories into English, readers will encounter supernatural creatures, natural disasters, magical aspects of Buddhist and Daoist spirituality, and a wide range of Chinese folklore. Annotations are provided to clarify unfamiliar references or cultural allusions, and introductory essays have been included to explain facets of Pu Songling's work and to provide context for some of the unique qualities of his uncanny tales.
This is the sixth of 6 volumes.
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... the Qing dynasty (Leibovitz and Miller 48), unambiguously communicated the
Qing rulers' commitment to preempting dissidence. Yet Slavenka Drakulic has
demonstrated how even non-violent methods of state coercion used to
Thus even an indirect criticism of Qing dynasty politics and values (or praise of
Ming practices) would have run the risk of execution for treason. Yet Pu takes
precisely such a risk in a story like “Feng the Carpenter” (feng mujiang), after first
Han dynasty author Ban Zhao (c. 45-116 C.E.) wrote the Admonitionsfor Women (
女誡 nüjie) in order to emphasize principles that guide a woman as she creates
harmony within the household. Tang dynasty sisters Song Ruoxin (d. 820?) and ...
Established during the Zhou dynasty (eleventh century B.C.E. to 256 B.C.E.), The
Rites of Zhou explains that there are six rituals, or etiquettes, that must be
followed for a marriage to be considered legitimate and decorous: a go-between
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