”The Authentic, the Exotic, and the Marginal in the Literary Work of Ruan Dacheng 阮大鋮 (1587-1646)”
Conférence d' Alison HARDIE, Université de Leeds (UK)
Le mercredi 12 février 2020
11h - 13h
A l’EPHE, Sorbonne
17 rue de la Sorbonne, Paris 5e
Salle D54 (”Egyptologie”)
Cette intervention sera donné dans le cadre de la conférence hebdomadaire 2019-2020 de Rainier Lanselle :
”Fiction et réécriture de l'histoire sous les Ming et les Qing : autour de L'Eventail aux fleurs de pêcher (Taohua shan 桃花扇) de Kong Shangren 孔尚任 (1648-1718)”
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Ruan Dacheng was a notorious politician of the Ming-Qing transition, but also a brilliant poet and dramatist. Questions of personal identity and authenticity – a focus of late-Ming philosophy – form a major aspect of his literary work. This reflects his own sense of being misunderstood, while an interest in the exotic and in characters marginal to mainstream society also reflects his own sense of being marginalised from official life. Dr Hardie’s seminar will address these issues and offer an opportunity to read and discuss passages from Ruan’s poetry and plays.
Illustration from Huaiyuantang edition of The Swallow Messenger: hunchbacked paramedic Mother Meng, confused about the hero’s identity, is shocked to find him in the heroine’s bedroom.