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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 relatives have interested chinese language intellectuals for hundreds of years. His method synthesized Confucian, Buddhist, and Daoist ethics and included the Neo-Confucian idealism of such thinkers as Wang Yangming (1472–1529). the end result used to be a sequence of heretical writings that stuck fireplace between Li Zhi’s contemporaries, regardless of an imperial ban on their ebook, and intrigued chinese language audiences lengthy after his death.

Translated for the 1st time into English, Li Zhi’s daring problem to validated doctrines will captivate somebody focused on 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 booklet to Burn and a e-book to maintain (Hidden), Li Zhi unseats accredited principles approximately gender, questions the genuine id of history’s heroes and villains, and provides his personal readings of Confucius, Laozi, and the Buddha. keen on brilliant sentiment and sharp expression, Li Zhi made no contrast among low and high literary genres. He refused to aid sanctioned principles approximately morality and wrote stinging social evaluations. Li Zhi praised students who risked every thing to show extortion and misrule. during this subtle translation, English-speaking readers stumble upon the simplest of his heterodox mind and important contribution to chinese language notion and culture.

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