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Author Ji, Yun, 1724-1805, author

Title Real life in China at the height of empire : revealed by the ghosts of Ji Xiaolan / edited & translated by David E. Pollard
Published Hong Kong : Chinese University Press, ©2014
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Description 1 online resource (xl, 334 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Contents Spirits, spectres and demons -- Ghosts -- Hauntings -- Foxes -- Fortune-telling -- Beyond belief -- Reincarnation -- Curiosities -- The wild west -- Officialdom -- Legal dilemmas and disputes -- Yamen staff -- Servants -- Hearth and home -- Piety and paragons -- Love pledged and blighted -- Friends and false friends -- Personal -- Dogma and dogmatists -- Morality -- Pedants -- Women -- Homosexuality -- Impersonation -- Fraud -- Merchants -- Bandits, brigands and robbers -- Physical prowess -- Jesuits in China
Summary "Toward the end of the eighteenth century, the scholar and wit Ji Xiaolan published five collections of anecdotes and discourses on the interaction between the mundane and the spirit worlds, incorporating earthly life stories and happenings. Containing Ji's thoughts and others' experiences, these tales concern peasants, servants, merchants, governors, and ministers; take place throughout the Qing empire; and recount comedy and tragedy, cruelty and kindness, corruption and integrity, and erudition and ignorance. Some stories use ghosts to satirize men and manners; others straightforwardly examine beliefs and practices. Altogether, they draw a portrait of the time unmatched in scope and variety. Selections are organized thematically and include a contextualizing preface. An introduction appraises Ji's own career and the atmosphere in which he lived."
Notes Tranalstion of: Yue wei cao tang bi ji
Tranalstion of: 閱微草堂筆記
Chinese cover title: Yuwei caotang biji
Chinese cover title: 閱微草堂筆記
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Subject Chinese fiction -- Qing dynasty, 1644-1912.
Ghost stories, Chinese.
China -- History -- Qing dynasty, 1644-1912.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Pollard, David E., editor, translator
ISBN 9629969580 (electronic bk.)
9789629969585 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles 880-01 Yue wei cao tang bi ji. English
880-01 閱微草堂筆記. English