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A Friendship Of Metal And Stone: Representations Of Fan Juqing And Zhang Yuanbo In The Ming Dynasty

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This chapter examines representation of male friendship in Ming vernacular literature through an analysis of works that re-tell the story of two late Han friends, Fan Juqing and Zhang Yuanbo. Fan and Zhang Chicken-Millet and Xishu meng are very different plays, and their coupling in this chapter is for the purpose of analysis, not necessarily something that Yuan or Ming readers would have thought to do. The chapter analyzes representations of the story of Fan and Zhang in three different genres: historical prose, drama, and vernacular fiction. In the history, Fan's dream of Zhang is just one interesting story in the career of an official known for his capacity for friendship. In the drama Fan and Zhang's extraordinary friendship is instrumental in Fan's eventual accession to high office and in Zhang's posthumous recognition.

Keywords: Fan Juqing; ming dynasty; Zhang Yuanbo



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