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War, Violence, And The Metaphor Of Blood In Tanci Narratives By Women Authors

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Luo Qilan's eight poems on dreams encompass most of the unattainable aspirations of pre-modern Chinese women. What Luo describes in these poems are themes and topics that many other women writers also developed in their works. Tanci 彈詞, or prosimetric novels, are a rich source of this imagery. This chapter discusses the aspirations of women authors to accomplish heroic and martial deeds and their depiction of the warfare to which this desire leads. It focuses on Liuhua-meng 榴花夢, a tanci composed of three hundred and sixty chapters, alleged to be the longest Chinese narrative work. It is a work that has never been studied, and there are many possible perspectives from which we might approach this text, which at first seems almost impossible to comprehend. The chapter finally focuses on the use of images of blood to invoke both love and war.

Keywords: Luo Qilan; Tanci



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