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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
DOI: 10.2307/598956
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/598956
Page Count: 6
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Self and Society in Tang Dynasty Love Tales
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Abstract

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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