Carlitz Ming Literature

Bibliography of Books and Articles on Ming Literature (English, North America, 1995-2011)

Prepared by Katherine Carlitz for the Ming Studies meeting April 1, 2011



Rolston, David L. Traditional Chinese Fiction and Fiction Commentary: Reading and Writing Between the Lines, Stanford University Press, 1997

Ge, Liangyan. Out of the Margins: the Rise of Chinese Vernacular Fiction, University of Hawaii Press, 2001

Huang, Martin W. Desire and Fictional Narrative in Late Imperial China, Harvard University Asia Center, 2001

Hegel, Robert E. Reading Illustrated Fiction in Late Imperial China, Stanford University Press, 1998

Wang, Richard G. (Wang Gang). Ming Erotic Novellas: Genre, Consumption, and Religiosity in Cultural Practice. The Chinese University Press, 2011

Yang, Shuhui. Appropriation and representation: Feng Menglong and the Chinese vernacular story. Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, 1998.

Articles and Book Chapters

Besio, Kimberly. “A friendship of metal and stone: representations of Fan Juqing and Zhang Yuanbo in the Ming dynasty.” Nan Nu: Men, Women and Gender in Early and Imperial China (Leiden; Boston) 9, no.1 (2007) 111-145.

Carlitz, Katherine. “Style and Suffering in Two Stories by ‘Langxian’.” In Theodore Huters, R. Bin Wong, and Pauline Yu, eds., Culture and State in Chinese History. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997.

Epstein, Maram. “Inscribing the essentials: culture and the body in Ming-Qing fiction.”

Ming Studies (Minneapolis, MN) no.41 (Spr (1999) 6-36.

Farmer, J. Michael. “The historical, fictional, theatrical, and artistic Three Kingdoms: a Sino-American colloquim.” Early Medieval China (Kalamazoo, MI) 7 (2001) 153-157

Ge, Liangyan. “The mythic stone in Honglou meng and an intertext of Ming-Qing fiction criticism.” Journal of Asian Studies (Ann Arbor, MI) 61, no.1 (Feb 2002) 57-82

Huang, Martin W. “Sage, hero, bandit: Zhu Yuanzhang’s image in the sixteenth-century novel Yinglie zhuan [The Romance of Ming Dynasty Heroes].” Ming Studies no.50 (Fall 2004) 77-90

Idema, Wilt L. “Evil Parents and Filial Offspring: Some Comments on the Xiangshan baojuan and Related Texts.” Studies in Central and East Asian Religions (Brill Academic Publishers) 12/13 (2001) 1-41.

—–. “Was There Parrot in Qing Dynasty Dress? A Short Discussion of the Yingge baojuan [Precious scroll of the parrot]. Journal of Chinese Religions (Bloomington, IN) no. 30 (2002) 77-96

Jahshan, Shaun Kelley. “Reader-oriented polyphony? Zhang Zhupo’s commentary on the Jin Ping Mei.” Modern Language Quarterly (Durham, NC) 56, no.1 (Mar 1995): 1-29

Tian, Xiaofei. “A preliminary comparison of the two recensions of Jinpingmei.” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies (Cambridge, MA) 62, no.2 (Dec 2002) 347-388

Vitiello, Giovanni. “The forgotten tears of the Lord of Longyang: late Ming stories of male prostitution and connoisseurship.” In: Meyer, Jan A.M. de; Engelfriet, Peter M., eds. Linked faiths: essays on Chinese religions and traditional culture in honour of Kristofer Schipper. Brill, 2000.

Volpp, Sophie. “The gift of a python robe: the circulation of object in Jin Ping Mei.” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies (Cambridge, MA) 65, no.1 (Jun 2005): 133-158

——. “Classifying lust: the seventeenth-century vogue for male love.” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies (Cambridge, MA) 61, no.1 (Jun 2001): 77-117

Wang, Richard G. “Practicing erotic fiction and romanticizing late Ming writing practice.” Ming Studies (Minneapolis, MN) no.44 (Fall 2000): 78-106

Wu, Laura Hua. “From xiaoshuo to fiction: Hu Yinglin’s genre study of xiaoshuo.” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies (Cambridge, MA) 55, no.2 (Dec 1995): 339-371

Zamperini, Paola. “Untamed hearts: eros and suicide in late imperial Chinese fiction.”  Nan Nu: Men, Women and Gender in Early and Imperial China (Leiden; Boston) 3, no.1 (2001): 77-104

Narrative and Classical Prose


Kafalas, Philip A. In limpid dream: nostalgia and Zhang Dai’s reminiscences of the Ming. EastBridge, 2007.

Articles and Book Chapters

Barr, Allan H. “Jiang Yingke’s place in the Gongan school.” Ming Studies (Minneapolis, MN) nos.45-46 (Fall-Spr 2001) 41-68

——. “The Wanli context of the “Courtesan’s Jewel Box” story.” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies (Cambridge, MA) 57, no.1 (Jun 1997): 107-141

Fong, Grace S. “Reclaiming subjectivity in a time of loss: Ye Shaoyuan (1589-1648) and autobiographical writing in the Ming-Qing transition.” Ming Studies no.59 (May 2009): 21-41

Hsu, Pi-ching. “Tang Saier and Yongle: contested images of a rebel woman and a monarch in Ming-Qing narrative. Ming Studies, no.56 (Fall 2007) 6-36

Kafalas, Philip A. “Mnemonic locations: the housing of personal memory in prose from the Ming and Qing.” Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews 27 (Dec 2005) 93-116



Bryant, Daniel. The Great Recreation: Ho Ching-ming (1483-1521) and his world. Brill, 2008

Articles and Book Chapters

Grant, Beata. “Through the empty gate: the poetry of Buddhist nuns in late imperial China.” In: Weidner, Marsha, ed. Cultural intersections in later Chinese Buddhism. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2001. ix, 234p. 87-113

Fong, Grace S. “Signifying bodies: the cultural significance of suicide writings by women in Ming-Qing China.” Nan Nu: Men, Women and Gender in Early and Imperial China (Leiden; Boston) 3, no.1 (2001): 105-142

——. “Gender and the failure of canonization: anthologizing women’s poetry in the late Ming.” Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews (Bloomington, IN) 26 (Dec 2004) 129-149

Li, Xiaorong. “Engendering heroism: Ming-Qing women’s song lyrics to the tune Man Jiang Hong.” Nan Nu: Men, Women and Gender in Early and Imperial China (Leiden; Boston) 7, no.1 (2005) 1-39



Swatek, Catherine Crutchfield. Peony Pavilion onstage: four centuries in the career of a Chinese drama. Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, 2002.

Xiao, Li-ling. The Eternal Present of the Past: Illustration, Theatre, and Reading in the Wanli period, 1573-1619. Brill, 2007.

Articles and Book Chapters

Besio, Kimberly. “Enacting loyalty: history and theatricality in The Peach Orchard Pledge.” CHINOPERL Papers (Ithaca, NY) no. 18 (1995)

——. “Gender, loyalty, and the reproduction of the Wang Zhaojun legend: some social ramifications of drama in the late Ming.” Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient (Leiden) 40, pt.2 (May 1997) 251-282

——. “Zhang Fei in Yuan vernacular literature: legend, heroism, and history in the reproduction of the Three Kingdoms story.” Journal of Sung-Yuan Studies (Albany, NY) 27 (1997) 63-98.

——. “The Moheluo Doll revisited: Yuan drama in the late Ming.” CHINOPERL Papers (Ann Arbor, MI) no. 26 (2005-2006) 25-45

——. “Zhuge Liang and Zhang Fei: Bowang shao tun and competing masculine ideals within the development of the Three Kingdoms story cycle” [compares two editions of a single play, the Yuan zaju Bowang shao tun]. In: Besio, Kimberly; Tung, Constantine, eds. Three Kingdoms and Chinese culture. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2007.

Carlitz, Katherine. “The Daughter, the Singing-girl, and the Seduction of Suicide.” In Paul S. Ropp, Paola Zamperini, and Harriet T. Zurndorfer, eds., Passionate Women: Female Suicide in Late Imperial China. Brill, 2001.

——. “Printing as Performance: Literati Playwright-Publishers of the Late

Ming.” In Cynthia Brokaw and Kai-wing Chow, eds., Publishing and Book Culture in Late Imperial China. University of California Press, 2005.

Church, Sally K. “Beyond the words: Jin Shengtan’s perception of hidden meanings in Xixiang ji.” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies (Cambridge, MA) 59, no.1 (Jun 1999) 5-77

Hsiao, Li-ling. “Political loyalty and filial piety: a case study in the relational dynamics of text, commentary, and illustration in Pipa ji . Ming Studies no.48 (Fall 2003): 9-64

Hsiung, Ann-Marie H.K. “Revisiting Chinese motherhood and wifehood in the Ming drama.” American Journal of Chinese Studies (Columbus, OH) 3, no.1 (Apr 1996) 31-39

Idema, Wilt. “Satire and Allegory in All Keys and Modes” [Xixiang ji zhugongdiao], in Tillman, Hoyt Cleveland; West, Stephen H., eds. China under Jurchen rule: essays on Chin intellectual and cultural history. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1995

—–. “Why you never have read a Yuan drama: the transformation of zaju at the Ming court.” Carletti, S.M.; Sacchetti, M.; Santangelo, P., eds. Studi in onore di Lionello Lanciotti. Napoli: Dipartimento di Studi Asiatici, Istituto Universitario Orientale, and Istituto Italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente, 1996. 1496p. (Istituto Universitario Orientale. Dipartimento di Studi Asiatici. Series Minor, LI.) 765-791

—–. “The pilgrimage to Taishan in the dramatic literature of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.” Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews (Bloomington, IN) 19 (Dec 1997): 23-57

——. “’What eyes may light upon my sleeping form?’: Tang Xianzu’s transformation of his sources, with a translation of ‘Du Liniang craves sex and returns to life’.” Asia Major (Taipei) 3rd series, 16, pt.1 (2003)

——. “Li Kaixian’s Revised Plays by Yuan Masters (Gaiding Yuanxian chuanqi) and the textual transmission of Yuan zaju as seen in two plays by Ma Zhiyuan. CHINOPERL Papers (Ann Arbor, MI) no.26 (2005-2006)

—–. “Educational frustration, shape-shifting texts, and the abiding power of anthologies: three versions of Wang Can Ascends the Tower [Zui sixiang Wang Can denglou, a play by Zheng Dehui]. Early Medieval China (Kalamazoo, MI) 10-11, pt.2 (2005) 145-183

Li, Waiyee. “Languages of love and parameters of culture in Peony Pavilion and The Story of the Stone. In: Eifring, Halvor, ed. Love and emotions in traditional Chinese literature. Leiden, The Netherlands; Boston, Mass.: Brill, 2004.

Shen, Jing. “The concept of bense in Ming drama criticism.” CHINOPERL Papers (Ann Arbor, MI) no.24 (2002): 1-33

Tan, Tian Yuan. “Prohibition of Jiatou Zaju in the Ming dynasty and the portrayal of the emperor as sage.” Ming Studies (Minneapolis, MN) no.49 (Spr 2004): 82-111

Tschanz, Dietrich. “History and meaning in the late Ming drama Ming feng ji.” Ming Studies (Minneapolis, MN) no.35 (Aug 1995): 1-31

Volpp, Sophie. “The Literary Consumption of Actors in Seventeenth-Century China.” In Zeitlin, Judith T.; Liu, Lydia H., Widmer, Ellen, eds. Writing and materiality in China: essays in honor of Patrick Hanan. Harvard University Asia Center, 2003

——. Texts, tutors, and fathers: pedagogy and pedants in Tang Xianzu’s Mudan ting [Peony Pavilion]. In: Wang, David Der Wei; Shang, Wei, eds. Dynastic crisis and cultural innovation from the late Ming to the late Qing and beyond. Harvard University Asia Center, 2005



Fong, Grace and Ellen Widmer, eds. The Inner Quarters and Beyond: Women Writers from Ming through Qing. Brill, 2010

Hegel, Robert E. and Katherine Carlitz, Writing and Law in Late Imperial China: Crime, Conflict, and Judgment. University of Washington Press, 2007

Idema, Wilt L. and Beata Grant, The Red Brush: Writing Women of Imperial China, Harvard University Asia Center, 2004

Idema, Wilt L.; Li, Wai-yee; Widmer, Ellen, eds. Trauma and transcendence in early Qing literature. Cambridge, Mass.; London: Harvard University Asia Center, 2006. xi, 533p. (Harvard East Asian monographs, 250) 375-385

Van Crevel, Maghiel, Michel Hockx and Tian Yuan Tan, eds. Text, Performance, and Gender in Chinese Literature and Music: Essays in Honor of Wilt Idema. Brill, 2009

Widmer, Ellen, and Kang-i Sun Chang, Writing Women in Late Imperial China, Stanford University Press, 1997

Zeitlin, Judith T. The Phantom Heroine: Ghost and Gender in Seventeenth-Century Chinese Literature, University of Hawaii Press, 2007

Zurndorfer, Harriet T., ed. Chinese women in the imperial past: new perspectives. Brill, 1999

Articles and Book Chapters

Carlitz, Katherine. “Weeping, Blushing, and Giving Way to Desire in Ming Dynasty

Fiction and Drama.” In Paolo Santangelo and Ulrike Middendorf, Eds., From Skin to Heart: Perceptions of Emotions and Bodily Sensations in Traditional Chinese Culture. Harrassowitz, 2006.

——. “Passion and Personhood in Yingying zhuan, Xixiang ji, and Jiao hong ji.” In Paolo Santangelo with Donatella Guida, eds., Love, Hatred and Other Passions: Questions and Themes on Emotions in Chinese Civilization, Brill, 2006.

Huang, Martin W. “Sentiments of desire: thoughts on the cult of qing in Ming-Qing literature_.” Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews 20 (Dec 1998): 153-184.

Li, Wai-yee. “The rhetoric of spontaneity in late Ming literature.” Ming Studies no.35 (Aug 1995) 32-52


Hanan, Patrick, tr. Falling in love: stories from Ming China. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2006 xviii, 256p

Idema, Wilt L. Meng Jiangnv Brings Down the Great Wall: ten versions of a Chinese legend. Hackett, 2008.

—–. Southern Window Dream, by Ding Yaokang. Renditions (Hong Kong) no.69 (Spr 2008) 20-33

——. Filial Piety and its Divine Rewards: the legend of Dong Yong and the Weaving Maiden with related texts. Hackett, 2009.

——. The White Snake and her Son: a translation of The Precious Scroll of Thunder Peak with related texts. Hackett, 2009.

——.Judge Bao and the rule of law: eight ballad-stories from the period 1250-1450. Singapore: World Scientific, 2010.

——. The Butterfly Lovers: The Legend of Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai; four versions, with related texts. Hackett, 2010.

——, with Shiamin Kwa. Mulan: Five versions of a classic legend with related texts Hackett, 2010.

Roy, David Tod. The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P’ing Mei: Volume One: The Gathering. Princeton University Press, 1993.

——. The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P’ing Mei: Volume Two: The Rivals. Princeton University Press, 2001.

—–. The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P’ing Mei: Volume Three: The Aphrodisiac. Princeton University Press, 2006.

—–. The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P’ing Mei: Volume Four: The Climax. Princeton University Press, forthcoming Summer 2011

West, Stephen H.; Idema, Wilt L., trs. Monks, bandits, lovers, and immortals: eleven early Chinese plays. Indianapolis, Ind.; Cambridge, Mass.: Hackett Publishing, 2010

Yang, Shuhui and Yunqin Yang. Stories old and new: a Ming dynasty collection compiled by Feng Menglong (1574-1646). University of Washington Press, 2000

——. Stories to caution the world compiled by Feng Menglong. University of Washington Press, 2005

——. Stories to awaken the world compiled [and authored] by Feng Menglong. University of Washington Press, 2009

Ye, Yang, tr. Vignettes from the late Ming: a hsiao-p’in anthology. University of Washington Press, 1999

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