Article Review.docx - Schariar Milfeld(106971384 Manling Luo"The Seduction of Authenticity ‘The Story of Yingying’ NAN NÜ 7(2005 4070 “The Story

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Schariar Milfeld (106971384) Manling Luo, "The Seduction of Authenticity: ‘The Story of Yingying’", NAN NÜ 7 (2005): 40- 70. “The Story of Yingying” is a highly regarded and well-known Tang chuanqi story, written by Yuan Zhen. Intended for literati, it was about a student, Zheng, becoming infatuated with a daughter of a good family, Cui Yingying. Zheng manages to seduce her, and the couple begins to write love poems back and forth. Their love intensifies, but instead of a ‘happily ever after’, the couple sought other partners to marry. Manling Luo’s intention for “The Seduction of Authenticity: ‘The Story of Yingying’” was to prove that the infamous story did in fact occur and that it is a story of autobiographical origin, and although she was able to put forth viable ideas, her language of subjectivity inevitably isolates the reader. Divided into 3 parts, her first section, ‘The Effect of Authenticity’, she begins to discuss that because of the vagueness of chronology, events that occurred, and Yingying’s thoughts, that it is enough to assume that Zheng as a sort of pseudonym for Yuan Zhen, hence making him and the affair authentic. The evidence she provides is, the authors “objective” narrative stance, meaning that Zheng’s thoughts are explicitly displayed to the reader, as well as the experiences he encounters when he is not with Yingying. Thus, because the reader can know his feelings, he is indeed real. However, Yingying’s existence is proven by the letter and poems she sent to Zhang because they display a true morphology of a woman’s emotional stages when engaging in an affair. She mentions this because Yinying’s complex behavior is realistic from an outsider’s
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