1st Edition

Harmony Garden The Life, Literary Criticism, and Poetry of Yuan Mei (1716-1798)

By J. D. Schmidt Copyright 2003
    784 Pages
    by Routledge

    780 Pages
    by Routledge

    This is the first complete study of China's most popular eighteenth-century poet in any Western language. The work consists of a detailed biography, a study of Yuan's revolutionary reinterpretation of Chinese literary theory, and an analysis of his many contributions to the more original genres of Qing-dynasty (1644-1911) poetry such as narrative, historical, didactic, eccentric, and nature verse. The study is concluded by a generous and representative sampling of Yuan's poetry in translation, the first to do justice to the wide variety and richness of his oeuvre. Although many shorter poems are selected, this is the first translation to include his outstanding longer poetry.
    Harmony Garden will completely revise current attitudes in the west concerning classical Chines literature during the eighteenth century, a period that was long viewed as one of decline, but now appears to equal the golden ages of antiquity.

    Endpapers: Harmony Garden, Preface, Chronology, Glossary of Chinese literary terms, The Thirteen Confucian Classics, Abbreviations, I. BIOGRAPHY, II. YUAN MEI'S LITERARY THEORY AND PRACTICE, III. MAJOR STYLES AND THEMES, IV. APPENDIX: A TOUR OF HARMONY GARDEN, V. TRANSLATIONS, Bibliography, Index


    J. D. Schmidt

    'It has certainly made this particular area of Chinese literary history brighter and more easily accessible.' - Journal of Asian Studies