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Self and Society in Tang Dynasty Love Tales
Timothy C. Wong
Journal of the American Oriental Society
Vol. 99, No. 1 (Jan. - Mar., 1979), pp. 95-100
Published by: American Oriental Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/598956
Page Count: 6
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As readers of fiction who have become used to the value of the defiant self in love, we may be surprised or disappointed to find this value greatly diminished in the most famous examples of Tang dynasty chuan qi love tales. But when we put aside our a priori expectations to seek out their meaning, we find that their great concern for adherence to social norms does not detract from their special appeal.
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