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Printing as Performance Literati Playwright-Publishers of the Late Ming

Katherine Carlitz

in Printing and Book Culture in Late Imperial China

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2005 | ISBN: 9780520231269
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927797 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520231269.003.0007
Printing as Performance Literati Playwright-Publishers of the Late Ming

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This chapter examines literati playwright-publishers in China during the late Ming dynasty, focusing on the Master of the Silkworm Studio. It analyzes the social dimensions of Ming drama publishing to learn why resources were concentrated on this genre to produce some of the most exquisite of all Ming printed editions. The chapter concludes that the concept of self which these late Ming editions of drama express is a literatus, imagined as part of the cultural elite.

Keywords: play publishers; China; Ming Dynasty; Silkworm Studio; Ming drama publishing; literatus

Chapter.  16615 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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