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Becoming a Couple

Conversations and Couple Narrative in the Novella Jiao Hong ji

Barbara Bisetto    Università degli studi di Milano «Bicocca», Italia    

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abstract

This paper examines the configuration of the romantic couple in Song Yuan’s Yuan-period novella Jiao Hong ji in the context of the earlier model set by the Tang dynasty classical tale Yingying zhuan. It focuses on the analysis of conversations between fictional lovers in order to examine how intimacy and the characters’ search for a shared experience of mutual acknowledgment are performed within the main plot. Shifting away from the model set by Yingying zhuan, the work of Song Yuan newly addressed the issue of love’s place in Confucian sentimentality, allowing the troubled emergence of a narrative of the couple.

Submitted
July 18, 2016
Language
IT
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-098-3
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-095-2

Keywords: Jiao Hong jiChuanqiThe Story of Jiaoniang and FeihongSong YuanThe Story of YingyingYingying zhuan

Copyright: © 2016 Barbara Bisetto. This is an open-access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction is permitted, provided that the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. The license allows for commercial use. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.