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(also named Sung-shih). Born circa 1763; died circa 1830. Chinese writer and philologist.
Li Ju-chen was the author of the satiric novel Flowers in the Mirror (1828), which combined aspects of fantasy, the “scholarly novel,” and the travel novel. In this work he advocated women’s equality and criticized the pedantry of scholars who isolated themselves from life. Flowers in the Mirror is written in slightly archaic language, which borders on the colloquial. The few but expressive details impart a high degree of authenticity to the allegorical narrative. Li Ju-chen wrote the study on Chinese phonetics Mirror of Phonology and a number of essays.
WORKSIn Russian translation:
Tsvety vzerkale. Foreword by O. L. Fishman. Moscow-Leningrad, 1959.
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Chung-kuo hsiao-shuo shih kao. Peking, 1960.