A fascinating interdisciplinary study of the Shanghai entertainment world with illustrations from newspapers, novels, travel guides, and other relics of popular culture.
AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Modeling the Modern: Courtesan Fashion, Furniture, and Manners in Late-Nineteenth-Century Shanghai2. Shanghai Love: New Rules of the Game3. Playground Shanghai: Reenacting Dream of the Red Chamber4. Image Makers: The Settlements' Men of Letters and Shanghai Print Entertainment5. The Public Flower of the City and the Media Star6. The Image of the Shanghai Courtesan in Late Qing Illustrated Fiction7. Guides to Paradise: Entertainment in the Formation of Shanghai's Identity8. ConclusionNotesGlossaryBibliographyIndex
Catherine Yeh is research associate at the Institute of Chinese Studies, University of Heidelberg, Germany.
"Yeh depicts a unique cultural phenomenon in late Qing Shanghai and has discerned its implied paradoxes. This is an extremely rich and fascinating book; it will change the way we think of Chinese literati and courtesan culture under the impact of modernity." David D.W. Wang, Harvard University