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Lecture 27: Jin Ping Mei : A Great Landmark in Vernacular Fiction
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Ming Dynasty China
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Jin Ping Mei- anonymous author and circulation/publication No one is sure who the author of JPM was, although many theories exist. The work circulated under the pseudonym “The Scoffing Scholar of Lanling,” which David Roy believes hints at the author’s allegiance to the thought of the Confucian philosopher Xunzi (more on this later). Evidence shows that the work circulated in manuscript form among a small group of scholars around 1596 and that the work was first published in 1618. Two later editions came out during the Chongzhen reign period (1628-1644) and around 1695 (the latter had an extensive commentary by the scholar Zhang Zhupo, fl. Late 17th century).
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Jin Ping Mei --Setting and Story The story of the JPM takes place in the Northern Song (960- 1127) capital of Kaifeng between the years 1112 and 1127, during the reign of Emperor Huizong (1100-1125) and the novel describes the internal collapse of that regime, culminating in the
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