Silent Operas

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Research Centre for Translation, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 1990 - Chinese fiction - 201 pages
Li Yu was a writer of seventeenth century China. He excelled as a playwright, essayist, critic, and fiction writer. In his stories Li Yu sets out to overturn conventional moral and literary themes. He can be described as the comic specialist of Chinese literature, and his exuberant comedy is mostly concerned with the breaking of social taboos, especially those relating to sex.

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Some of these short stories were also made into dramas by Li Yu, a renegade Confucian hedonist and a leading dramatist of the period Read full review


A Handsome Youth Tries to Avoid Suspicion
The Female Chen Ping Saves Her Life
A Male Menciuss Mother Raises Her Son Properly

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