Tianjin renmin chubansheXiaofei Tian, Tianjin renmin chuban she, 2014

In this book on the sixteenth-century masterpiece of classical Chinese novel, Plum in the Golden Vase (Jin ping mei), Tian Xiaofei gives a chapter-by-chapter commentary on the novel, making detailed comparisons of the two major recensions of the text. She argues that the xiuxiang recension is informed by Buddhist aesthetics and Buddhist values as opposed to the more stridently moralistic and didactic cihua recension, and that the reception history of the two recensions from late imperial to modern times demonstrates the historical contingency of literary judgment.

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