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Enchantment and Disenchantment:
Love and Illusion in Chinese Literature
Wai-yee Li

Paperback | 2014 | $40.95 | £34.95 | ISBN: 9780691603605
Hardcover | 2016 | $107.50 | £91.95 | ISBN: 9780691632902
308 pp. | 6 x 9
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In a famous episode of the eighteenth-century masterpiece The Dream of the Red Chamber, the goddess Disenchantment introduces the hero, Pao-yü, to the splendors and dangers of the Illusory Realm of Great Void. The goddess, one of the divine women in Chinese literature who inspire contradictory impulses of attachment and detachment, tells Pao-yü that the purpose of his dream visit is "disenchantment through enchantment," or "enlightenment through love." Examining a range of genres from different periods, Wai-yee Li reveals the persistence of the dialectic embodied by the goddess: while illusion originates in love and desire, it is only through love and desire that illusion can be transcended.

Li begins by defining the context of these issues through the study of an entire poetic tradition, placing special emphasis on the role of language and of the feminine element. Then, focusing on the "dream plays" by T'ang Hsien-tsu, she turns to the late Ming, an age which discovers radical subjectivity, and goes on to explore a seventeenth-century collection of classical tales, Records of the Strange from the Liao-chai Studio by P'u Sung-ling. The latter half of the book is devoted to a thorough analysis of The Dream of the Red Chamber, the most profound treatment of the dialectic of enchantment and disenchantment, love and enlightenment, illusion and reality.

Originally published in 1993.

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"[Li] undertakes to examine the dialectical interplay of enchantment and disenchantment engendered by the ambiguous divine woman as ahe appears in a variety of genres in different periods of Chinese literature. . .sparkling with rich suggestions and provacative insights, Li's book will undoubtledly falicitate the study of the role and problematic reprisentation of women in literature"--Eighteenth-Century Film

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