In the spirit of Valentines this week, we will be featuring three books that explore romance. First, A Couple of Soles: A Comic Play from Seventeenth-Century China, by Li Yu, translated by Jing Shen and Robert E. Hegel. Li tells the story of Tan Chuyu and Liu Miaohu, two star-crossed lovers held apart by social and economic tradition. Our second feature, The Outside Thing: Modernist Lesbian Romance, by Hannah Roche, as you can guess from the title, takes a more modern view of love. Roche’s work is a significant rethinking of the interconnections between queer writing, lesbian living, and literary modernism. And lastly, we have Plum Shadows and Plank Bridge: Two Memoirs About Courtesans, by Mao Xiang and Yu Huai, translated and edited by Wai-yee Li. This volume presents two memoirs by famous men of letters that recall their time spent with courtesans, evoking the courtesan world in the final decades of the Ming dynasty.
Stay tuned this week for posts from these authors and translators and, in the meantime, enter this giveaway for a chance to win your choice of book!
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