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Sanyan Stories

Favorites from a Ming Dynasty Collection

Translated by Shuhui Yang and Yunqin Yang; Compiled by Menglong Feng
University of Washington Press
Presented here are nine tales from the celebrated Ming dynasty Sanyan collection of vernacular stories compiled and edited by Feng Menglong (1574-1646), the most knowledgeable connoisseur of popular literature of his time in China. The stories he collected were pivotal to the development of Chinese vernacular fiction, and their importance in the Chinese literary canon and world literature has been compared to that of Boccaccio's Decameron and the stories of One Thousand and One Nights. Peopled with scholars, emperors, ministers, generals, and a gallery of ordinary men and women in their everyday surroundings-merchants and artisans, prostitutes and courtesans, matchmakers and fortune-tellers, monks and nuns, servants and maids, thieves and imposters-the stories provide a vivid panorama of the bustling world of imperial China before the end of the Ming dynasty.
RELATED TOPICS: Asian Studies, Literature
Shuhui Yang a is professor of Chinese at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine. Yunqin Yang is a simultaneous interpreter in the United Nations Secretariat.
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