love and marriage in premodern china

love and marriage in premodern china - Love-marriage in...

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Love-marriage in premodern china Literary treatments of love and marriage a) 2 literary accounts of love and marriage vs parental authority 1. southeast the peacock flies, 3 rd c. (very weeellllknown) 2. an actress scorns wealth and honor to preserve her chasity 17th c. b) li qingzhao (1084-50s) on her marriage and widowhood, “postface” Long poetic ballad “southeast the peacock flies” Mother in law – saughet in law conflict Lanzhi sent back to her hhome Older brother – younger sister conflict Lover’s double suicide - Illustration of the power the that mother has - powerful - The husband loves his wife but the mother-in-law doesn’t approve, the mother in law wins The mother in law already had another woman picked out when the wife left pressure from her brother, she agreed to remarry. She had no intention to remarry, went to a pond and drowned herself. her ex-husband hanged himself This is not a story of love thwarted by rival families. Young love vs. family preferences: whch will prevail? Even when they’re married they’re still little children to their parents and older siblings
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2009 for the course EACS 4A taught by Professor Ji during the Winter '06 term at UCSB.

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