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By Li Zhi,Rivi Handler-Spitz,Pauline Lee,Haun Saussy,Pauline C. Lee

Li Zhi’s iconoclastic interpretations of background, faith, literature, and social family members have involved chinese language intellectuals for hundreds of years. His method synthesized Confucian, Buddhist, and Daoist ethics and integrated the Neo-Confucian idealism of such thinkers as Wang Yangming (1472–1529). the end result was once a chain of heretical writings that stuck hearth between Li Zhi’s contemporaries, regardless of an imperial ban on their book, and intrigued chinese language audiences lengthy after his death.

Translated for the 1st time into English, Li Zhi’s daring problem to demonstrated doctrines will captivate a person excited by the origins of such subtly transgressive works because the sixteenth-century play The Peony Pavilion or the eighteenth-century novel Dream of the pink Chamber. In A publication to Burn and a booklet to maintain (Hidden), Li Zhi unseats permitted rules approximately gender, questions the real identification of history’s heroes and villains, and provides his personal readings of Confucius, Laozi, and the Buddha. keen on vibrant sentiment and sharp expression, Li Zhi made no contrast among low and high literary genres. He refused to help sanctioned principles approximately morality and wrote stinging social opinions. Li Zhi praised students who risked every thing to show extortion and misrule. during this subtle translation, English-speaking readers come upon the simplest of his heterodox mind and important contribution to chinese language concept and culture.

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