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The front matter section of this book The Eternal Present of the Past contains table of contents, acknowledgments and list of illustrations. The book draws together the various elements of Wanli culture illustration, painting, theater, literature and philosophy, and examines their interrelation and intersection in the context of the drama publication. It focuses on drama illustrations because they epitomize most of the important trends and developments in illustration during the Wanli era (1573–1619).

Keywords: drama illustrations; Wanli culture



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