By Greenbaum, M.D.
Focussing on Chen Jiru's writings, this learn explores some of the ways in which Chen marketed himself to potential readers, and how that advertisement and political pursuits used his personae for his or her personal ends, from the 17th century to the current.
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301. xxxviii introduction their capital in the north, but many of the wealthy and talented Chinese scholar-ofÀcials pursued cultural activities in the south. The relocation of the dynastic capital from Nanjing to Beijing, by the third Ming emperor (Yongle 永樂 r. 1403–1424) early in the Àfteenth century, only served over time to highlight the cultural pre-eminence of the Jiangnan area. By the late Ming, the wealth of cultural activity in Jiangnan was astounding. A large range of recreational activities was available, and they were concentrated in the urban areas.
These works have provided a means for me to think beyond 34 35 Chow Kai-wing, Publishing, Culture, and Power in Early Modern China, p. 103. Fang Chao-ying, “Chen Jiru” in ECCP, p. 84. introduction xliii the constricted parameters that traditional historiography has allowed Chen Jiru. They are James Cahill’s The Painter’s Practice, with its emphasis on reintegrating the Ànancial considerations of some seventeenth century painters with their lives and work practices, Craig Clunas’ SuperÁuous Things, with its sensitivity to the increasingly porous class boundaries, and attention to the consumer culture of the same period, and Timothy Brook’s Confusions of Pleasure, with its exploration of the relationship between a Ming historian, Zhang Dao (Á.
6 NP, 14a. 7 Wang Heng, “Foreword to Birthday Greetings for Mr. Chen Lianshi” in Collected Works of Wang Heng, 8:15a. 8 NP, 13b. the world that was not comes to pass 3 However humble the father’s unrecorded position he had at least two wives, and Chen’s mother was the second wife. If little is known of the father and the role he may have played in Chen’s development, then even less is known of his mother. 11 If there were any sisters, records of their existence do not survive. Although the Chronological Biography mentions that Chen remained close to his brothers throughout his life, he does not mention them to any meaningful degree in his writing.
Chen Jiru (1558-1639) (Sinica Leidensia) by Greenbaum, M.D.