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Restraining Affection with Reason: Gardens, Boudoirs, and Punishment in ＂The Peony Pavilion＂ and ＂The Dream of the Red Chamber＂
|關鍵字:||紅樓夢;牡丹亭;情與理;明清時期;規訓;The Dream of the Red Chamber＂;＂The Peony Pavilion＂;affection and reason;Ming and Qing period;discipline||出版社:||臺中市：國立中興大學中國文學系||Project:||興大中文學報, Volume 35, Page(s) 247-299.||摘要:||
This paper investigates the tension between the abstract notions of affection and reason that were portrayed in the fiction and drama of the Ming and Qing dynasties by examining the use of tangible elements, such as space, circumstances, and events. From the modern perspectives of education, and the discipline theory of Michel Foucault, the training and punishment of women during the period can be seen as the result of a distorted understanding of Neo-Confucianism, resulting in a fear of affection and the attempt to suppress it with reason. Both The Peony Pavilion and The Dream of the Red Chamber glorify affection as natural and genuine, while disdaining reason as an oppressive and constraining force which distorts one's true nature. They also show that any lapse in parental supervision opens the door to amorous interests and the unforeseen consequences which lie therein. Thus, the plots develop around the themes of forbidden love and transgression of the established social order, as well as the resulting apocalyptic insights and personal tragedies.
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