This article argues that through the separation of Wu Yueniang 吳月娘 and her son Xiaoge 孝哥, Ding Yaokang 丁耀亢, the author of the Xu jin ping mei 續金瓶梅, offers readers a way of looking at family continuation from a historical perspective. Set during the war between the Song 宋 and Jin 金, Ding creates an allegory of family and nation in an effort to emphasize the search for correct governance. Based on the historical characteristics of the book, I advance two important arguments. First, I assert that Ding Yaokang expresses his idea of uniting the family and saving the nation through the separation and reunion of Wu Yueniang and Xiaoge. Second, I argue that Ding attempts to focus the readers' attention on ethical concerns via their reunification. With these two arguments, I hope to explain Ding's motivations for writing the Xu jin ping mei.
|Translated title of the contribution||Reflections on History and Ethics in the Xu jin ping mei|
|Original language||Chinese (Traditional)|
|Number of pages||48|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
- Ding Yaokang丁耀亢
- Xu jin ping mei續金瓶梅