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Emerging from Anonymity: The First Generation of Writers of Songs and Drama in Mid-Ming Nanjing

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This article traces the first generation of writers of songs and drama in Nanjing who emerged from the anonymous context of early Ming court entertainment and established their name and reputation in the second half of the fifteenth century. These writers—Shi Zhong (1437-after 1516), Chen Duo (1454?-1507?), and Xu Lin (1462-1538)—represented a different mode of writing songs and drama. For them it was no longer a professional occupation, as in the case of the court performers, but became part of their cultural and social life. The extent to which our knowledge of these first-generation qu writers depends on local sources and on acts of remembrance by later Nanjing authors is also examined. Cet article s'intéresse à la première génération d'auteurs d'airs à chanter et de pièces de théâtre ayant émergé à Nankin de l'anonymat des divertissements de cour du début des Ming; ces auteurs — Shi Zhong (1437-après 1516), Chen Duo (1454?-1507?), et Xu Lin (1462-1538) — se sont fait un nom pendant la seconde moitié du xve siècle. Ils sont représentatifs d'une manière différente de composer chansons et pièces de théâtre : il ne s'agissait plus pour eux d'exercer un métier, comme dans le cas des artistes de cour, mais de se consacrer à une occupation intégrée à leurs activités culturelles et sociales. L'article examine également à quel degré notre connaissance de ces auteurs de qu de la première génération est tributaire des sources locales et des efforts d'auteurs plus tardifs, également originaires de Nankin, pour restituer leur mémoire.

Affiliations: 1: School of Oriental and African Studies


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