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Songs of Contentment and Transgression: Discharged Officials and Literati Communities in Sixteenth-Century North China

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A discharged official in mid-Ming China faced significant changes in his life. This book explores three such officials in the sixteenth century - Wang Jiusi, Kang Hai, and Li Kaixian - who turned to literary endeavors when forced to retire. Instead of the formal writing expected of scholar-officials, however, they chose to engage in the stigmatized genre of qu (songs), a c ...more
Hardcover, 293 pages
Published October 31st 2010 by Harvard University Press
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