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Printing and Book Culture in Late Imperial China$
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Cynthia Brokaw

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780520231269

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520231269.001.0001

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Printing as Performance Literati Playwright-Publishers of the Late Ming

Printing as Performance Literati Playwright-Publishers of the Late Ming

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(p.267) Seven Printing as Performance Literati Playwright-Publishers of the Late Ming
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Printing and Book Culture in Late Imperial China
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Katherine Carlitz

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520231269.003.0007

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

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