Kuan Han-ch'ing

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Kuan Han-ch'ing

(kwän` hän-chĭng`), c.1240–c.1320, Chinese playwright of the YüanYüan
, Mongol dynasty of China that ruled from 1271 to 1368. It was a division of the great empire conquered by the Mongols. Kublai Khan, who adopted the Chinese dynastic name Yüan in 1271, swept down from N China, which the Mongols had ruled since the 1230s, and
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 dynasty. He resided mainly in the capital Ta-tu (Beijing), where he acquired a reputation as a libertine. Of his 63 plays, 21 survive; six are incomplete or fragmentary. Most concern virtuous women who endure grave injustices without complaint, or whose moral integrity and intelligence bolster weak-willed men; three adventurous historical romances also remain.


See translations by H. and G. Yang (1958) and C. Shih (1972).

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