The Dublin University Review Volume 1, No. 7

The Dublin University Review Volume 1, No. 7

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1885 edition. Excerpt: ...tutelage of women, really presented more serious obstacles to the development of personal freedom and individuality of character than the Chinese system, modified as it has been by the principle of election to public offices. But though the Chinese family-system did not prevent the rise of a drama, it has certainly left its marks deep on almost all Chinese plays. Such marks are to be seen in the constant injunction of family virtues, and the concentration of interest upon the moral of the story rather than any analysis of personal character. It would be difficult to find a Chinese play which neither directly-nor indirectly turns upon family relations. To select a few examples out of many: the plot of Tchao-mel-hiang turns upon the proper celebration of the marriage rites; that of Ho-han-chan upon the fortunes of a family wrecked by an ungrateful impostor; that of Ho-lang-tan upon the ruin of a family by the intrigues of a courtesan; that of Pi-pa-ki upon the filial devotion of a daughter-in-law in days of famine. Indeed, so perpetually are we reminded of the formal and spiritual presence of the family in Chinese plays, that the dramatis personce are nearly always careful to announce the name of the family to which they belong. The Chinese drama takes its personages from every class of Chinese life. Emperors and mandarins, physicians, peasants, artisans all sorts and conditions of Chinese men and women are here represented. Even within this ample field the Chinese artist is not confined; he is altogether fearless in his treatment of the spirit-world, and displays as easy familiarity with gods and goddesses as the roughest maker of Mysteries with the Persons of the Trinity. Thus, the Revenge of Teou-ngo is a drama in which ghost-life (if we can use...show more

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  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 249g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236575075
  • 9781236575074