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The Problematic Nature of Song Literati's Penchant for xiaohuan

Abstract This thesis examines poems and anecdotes about xiaohuan 小鬟 (little chignon) written by literati of the Song宋 (960-1279). The first chapter of this paper provides a brief history of household courtesans and the popularity of xiaohuan. The second chapter includes eleven poems and one anecdote on xiaohuan. All works are translated and followed by a critical analysis. Through a close reading of these works, I will examine the imagery of xiaohuan in the Song literary context, bring to light the major motif of the works, and reveal the reasons that contribute to literati's penchant for xiaohuan. The imagery of xiaohuan is based on their tender age. Poets use flowers to metaphorize xiaohuan's lit... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Ge, Lihong (Author) / West, Stephen H (Advisor) / Cutter, Robert (Committee member) / Oh, Young Kyun (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Literature / Literati / Song / xiaohuan
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 45 pages
Language English
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Note M.A. East Asian Languages and Civilizations 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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