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Hu Zhengyan: Fashioning Biography

Suzanne E. Wright
Ars Orientalis
Vol. 35 (2008), pp. 129-154
Published by: Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution and Department of the History of Art, University of Michigan
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25481910
Page Count: 26
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Abstract

The late Ming-early Qing dynasty publisher Hu Zhengyan is one of the most frequently studied figures in the history of Chinese prints. This article examines primary materials of the seventeenth century as the most reliable sources for information on Hu and in order to reveal how Hu, his family, and friends shaped his biography to conform to the ideal of the high-minded and well-educated yimin, or "leftover citizen." It then looks at the trajectory of Hu family publications, printed under the rubrics of the Shizhuzhai (Ten Bamboo Studio) and Digutang (Rooted in the Past Hall), and suggests how the early Qing volumes may have been chosen to reinforce Hu's reputation as a Ming loyalist.

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