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Mid- And Late-Qing

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Chen Jiru's cultural life and its authenticity were acknowledged, but at the same time many of his books were banned. This chapter discusses these issues, and then examines the Clandestine Jottings, the work that brings Chen into times. In a book that traces the rise of philological studies during the Qing, the historian Benjamin Elman identified a strong antipathy among early-Qing literati to the lifestyle of many late-Ming figures. The official and private summaries of Chen's life were antithetical during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Private antipathy from those who never knew him, contrasted with official praise from a state that wanted him portrayed as a valuable cultural figure. A comparison between the Ming edition of The Scouring Blade and the Qing edition of the Clandestine Jottings shows that a number of entries appear in the former but not in the latter.

Keywords: Chen Jiru's cultural life; Clandestine Jottings; early-Qing literati; Qing edition; The Scouring Blade



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