Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

'It Was I Who Lured the Boy': Commoner Women, Intimacy and the Sensual Body in the Song Collections of Feng Menglong (1574-1646)

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of NAN NÜ

This paper surveys bodily imagery and eroticism in Feng Menglong's Shan'ge (Mountain songs) and Guazhi'er (Hanging branch) collections. The direct simplicity and natural expression of desire in folksongs originating among commoners and courtesans caught the imagination of Feng Menglong and other members of the late Ming literati seeking to challenge orthodox strictures on life and imagination. This study argues that the contrasts between the contents of the songs and the signature of women in official forms of discourse cannot be dismissed as a simple reflection of differing rank or status but should persuade us to acknowledge an awareness of a doubled experience of female embodiment that separated marriage and passion.

Affiliations: 1: Hong Kong University;, Email:


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    NAN NÜ — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation