Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
City of Marvel and TransformationChangan and Narratives of Experience in Tang Dynasty China$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Linda Rui Feng

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824841065

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824841065.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM HAWAII SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.hawaii.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Hawaii University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in HSO for personal use.date: 01 July 2022

Negotiating the Pleasure Quarters

Negotiating the Pleasure Quarters

(p.112) Chapter Five Negotiating the Pleasure Quarters
City of Marvel and Transformation

Linda Rui Feng

University of Hawai'i Press

“Negotiating the Pleasure Quarters” examines the demimonde of Chang’an in the Pingkang Ward as the intersection between sexual commerce and examination culture. Through contextualized close reading of key vignettes from the late-Tang collection Anecdotes from the Northern Ward (Beili zhi), this chapter argues that they illustrate the scintillating points of contact between the demimonde and a world of urban alleys and non-literati networks. The anecdotes make visible the channels and flows of information, desire, and resources in an urban space. Here in its undulating lanes, the literati visitor must acquire the urban savvy to recognize the workings of such a world operating behind the discourse of romance.

Keywords:   sexual commerce, examination culture, courtesan, gossip, network, vernacular culture, alleyway

Hawaii Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.