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Obscene Things: Sexual Politics in Jin Ping Mei
by Naifei Ding
In Obscene Things Naifei Ding intervenes in conventional readings of Jin Ping Mei, an early scandalous Chinese novel of sexuality and sexual culture. After first appearing around 1590, Jin Ping Mei was circulated among some of China’s best known writers of the time and subsequently was published in three major recensions. A 1695 version by Zhang Zhupo became the most widel ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 18th 2002 by Duke University Press Books
(first published January 1st 2002)
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Although I was initially somewhat put off by the aggressive density of her writing, I found myself increasingly impressed with Ding Naifei’s ability to pinpoint the misogynist assumptions which underpin Zhang Zhupo (and by extension, Roy)’s reading of JPM, while also allowing for a possibility of ‘leaks’ of agency for characters such as Pan Jinlian. She also seems to have a certain amount of empathy for Zhang others who would read moral messages into the work, demonstrating that the moral messag ...more