桃花扇 / Peach Blooms Painted with Blood

Peach Blooms Painted with Blood Bilingual edition Chinese and English There are four important Chinese dramatic works written in rhyme from the th to the th century namely Romance of Western Bower Dream in Peony Pavilion Lov

  • Title: 桃花扇 / Peach Blooms Painted with Blood
  • Author: Kong Shangren Xu Yuanchong Xu Ming
  • ISBN: 9787500122692
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bilingual edition Chinese and English There are four important Chinese dramatic works written in rhyme from the 13th to the 19th century, namely, Romance of Western Bower, Dream in Peony Pavilion, Love in Long Life Palace and Peach Blooms Painted with Blood All these four works tell us love stories which reflect the time from Tang to Qing dynasties Peach Blooms PaintedBilingual edition Chinese and English There are four important Chinese dramatic works written in rhyme from the 13th to the 19th century, namely, Romance of Western Bower, Dream in Peony Pavilion, Love in Long Life Palace and Peach Blooms Painted with Blood All these four works tell us love stories which reflect the time from Tang to Qing dynasties Peach Blooms Painted with Blood reflects that political power can separate living lovers through the tragic love story between Hou Fangyu, a patriotic intellectual of Ming dynasty, and Lee Xiangjun, one of the eight famed songstresses in Jinling.The Peach Blossom Fan is a legendary play written by Kong Shangren of the early Qing Dynasty It took the writer ten odd years to complete the script, and the draft was rewritten three times Ever since it was finished in the 38th year of Emperor Kangxi s reign, the play has been highly praised by the general readers The play has altogether 40 chapters, divided into three sections The most frequently staged excerpts include Fangcui presumably refers to spring outing , Sending the Fan , and Sinking into the River The play reflects the history of the late Ming Dynasty when the Southern Ming went into collapse through the love story of the hero Hou Fangyu and the heroine Li Xiangjun, namely, express the feeling of prospering and collapsing through parting and uniting, real story and real character, with evidence and proof The story goes that in the late Ming Dynasty, the members of the Donglin Party fled for their lives to Nanjing and reestablished Fushe the Restoration Society , fighting against the deposed official Ruan Dacheng who was a remaining confederate of Wei Zhongxian, a eunuch that used to grab all state powers Hou Fangyu, one of the backbones of the Restoration Society, encountered a geisha named Li Xiangjun The two fell in love with each other Hou Fangyu sent a fan inscribed with poem to Li Xiangjun and married her Ruan Dacheng asked someone to send substantial dowry to cozy up to Hou Fangyu, but the dowry was handed back by Li Xiangjun after she learnt about the sender Ruan Dacheng thus harbored resentment in his heart.After Emperor Hongguang took the throne, Ruan Dacheng was reappointed in an important position He took the opportunity to set Hou Fangyu up, forcing him to seek shelter from Shi Kefa and coercing Li Xiangjun to marry someone else Li did not yield to his will and hit her head on the wall to commit suicide Yet she failed, and the blood spattered on the fan Yang Longyou, a friend of Hou Fangyu, made use of the blood drops and drew a branch of peach blossoms with them When the Ming Dynasty collapsed, Li Xiangjun lived in the mountain and became a nun And when Yangzhou fell, Hou Fangyu fled to Nanjing to look for Li Xiangjun He finally converted to Taoism, following a way similar to Li Xiangjun.The Peach Blossom Fan is said to be a painting of social scenes in late dynasty , in which the contents are complicated, the roles various, and the scenes motley When the playscript was finished, the aristocrats and high officials copied it with great passion It caused a great sensation in Beijing when the play was first staged by Jindou Troupe Over the past three hundred years, the Peach Blossom Fan has been staged in several types of traditional operas.

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    1. The Peach Blossom Fan, or 桃花扇, is a 17th century Chinese historical drama on the fall of the Ming Dynasty in 1644. The action happens in just over 40 scenes, lasting about three hours.The play, to use Shakespearean terminology, is a comedy, a history, and a tragedy. The narrative undergoes extreme shifts in narrative, tone, and style - there are refined and elaborate verses (with the rhyme schemes and puns still preserved), bawdy jokes told by courtesans, and horrific lamentations of conqu [...]

    2. I read the English version of this famous classical Chinese play set in the late Ming/early Qing dynasty. The translators did a superb job, considering the difficult classical Chinese language and the numerous historical allusions, which are not easy to grasp even for the average Chinese person.The story is about a late Ming courtesan's struggles to stay loyal to her true love despite villainous attempts by self serving power mongers to tear the lovers apart. It reflects on the stark contrast be [...]

    3. New Introduction, by Judith T. ZeitlinPreface, by Harold ActonIntroduction, by Cyril BirchPrincipal Characters--The Peach Blossom Fan

    4. “The Peach Blossom Fan,” by K’ung Shang-Jen, translated by Chen Shih-Hsiang and Harold Acton, with Cyril Birch (New York Review Books, 1976). From the introduction by Judith T. Zeitlin: “Completed in 1699, The Peach Blossom Fan is the greatest historical drama in Chinese literature.” A play in 44 acts, it is, in scope and complexity, the equivalent of War and Peace, perhaps. Unlike most of the English historical plays, especially Shakespeare, Fan tells the story of the last year of the [...]

    5. A wonderful work by Kung Shang-Jen (Kong Shangren). Its completed in 1699 to explain the decline of Ming dynasty and to express Kong's feelings about it. The play 'Peach Blossom Fan' is named after the favorite fan of the central female protagonist Li Hsiang Chun (Li Xiangjun) and which is decorated by blood stains that have been rendered into the blossoms of a flowering peach tree. The stories and characters in the drama were based on both historical facts and fictitious imaginations. Li Hsiang [...]

    6. Amazing imagery and a beautiful window into fall of the Ming dynasty and different cultural values.

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