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Maureen Perkins

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780824837303

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824837303.001.0001

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The Jiwen of Shen Cheng for his Daughter Azhen

The Jiwen of Shen Cheng for his Daughter Azhen

(p.259) The Jiwen of Shen Cheng for his Daughter Azhen
Locating Life Stories

Pei-Yi Wu

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses the affective jiwen, which were written by a close relative of the dead. This jiwen can be read as autobiography for the addresser, the speaker, and as biography for the addressee. The chapter recounts the jiwen of Shen Cheng for his daughter Azhen. On the twenty-third day of the eleventh month of the jiwei year in the Wanli reign, the eldest daughter Azhen of Shen Cheng died of complications from smallpox. She was temporarily interred in North Cemetery. Her mother, Madame Bo, chanted Buddhist scriptures daily in the hope of gaining merit for her. The piece is rich in quotidian details, which situate the young girl in the reality of an urban household.

Keywords:   affective jiwen, autobiography, Wanli reign, urban household

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