Pornographic Modes of Expression in Early Modern China

Apr 20 9:00am–5:30pm
Common Room, 2 Divinity Ave., Cambridge

A workshop organized by Prof. Wu Cuncun and sponsored by the Harvard-Yenching Institute.

9:00 - 10:00 am     Session One
Timing is Everything. Numbers and Temporality in Late Imperial Narratives of Love and Sex (Paola Zamperini, Northwestern University)
The Identification and Evaluation of Pornographic Fiction in Late Imperial China 艷情小説的命名和評價 (Tao Muning, Nankai University)
10:00 - 10:30am     Q&A time
Chair: Wu Cuncun
10.30 - 11.00 am     Morning Tea
11:00 am - 12:00 pm     Session Two
How Pornographic is “Chastity” in the Late Imperial Chinese Cult of Women's Virtue? (Katherine Carlitz, University of Pittsburgh)
Performing Obscenities: Musical-Erotic Songs and Operas in Late Ming and Early Qing China (Joseph Lam, University of Michigan)
The Development of a Commoner Sub-Genre in Early Seventeenth-Century Chinese Pornographic Fiction (Wu Cuncun, University of Hong Kong; Harvard-Yenching Visiting Scholar)
12:00 - 12.30 pm      Q&A time
Chair: Xiaofei Tian
12:30 - 2:00 pm     Lunch
2:00 - 3:10 pm     Session Three
“The Secret of Mandarin Ducks”: The Role of Poetry in Late Imperial Chinese Erotic Art (Li Xiaorong, University of California, Santa Barbara)
Menglu Jushi's “Secret Spring” and Its Mysteries (Ellen Widmer, Wellesley College; Wai-yee Li, Harvard University; Nancy Berliner, MFA)
3:10 - 3:40pm     Q&A time
Chair: Paola Zamperini
3:40 - 4:00 pm     Afternoon Tea
4:00 - 4:40 pm     Session Four
“Open Wheels”: Eroticized Male Beauty in Chinese Narratives (Xiaofei Tian, Harvard University)
Sons and Brothers: Pornography and Masculinity in China at the End of Empire (Yvon Yiwen Wang, University of Toronto)
4:40 - 5:10pm     Q&A time
Chair: Joseph Lam
5:10 - 5:40 pm     Wrap up
Discussant: Catherine Yeh
Future Developments: Wu Cuncun