Feng Menglong’s ‘Treasury of Laughs’

[Interview by Carla Nappi]. Pi-Ching Hsu, Feng Menglong’s ‘Treasury of Laughs’. A Seventeenth-Century Anthology of Traditional Chinese Humor. New Books Network, 8 June 2016. URL : http://newbooksnetwork.com/pi-ching-hsu-feng-menglongs-treasury-of-laughs-a-seventeenth-century-anthology-of-traditional-chinese-humour-brill-2015/ (Consulté le 8 juin 2016)

71904The Treasury of Laughs was compiled by Feng Menglong in the 1610s. It includes more than 700 humorous skits and jokes from elite and popular sources, rewriting some of them to give the volume a kind of aesthetic and stylistic coherence. Pi-Ching Hsu’s new translation Feng Menglong’s Treasury of Laughs: A Seventeenth-Century Anthology of Traditional Chinese Humour (Brill, 2015) makes the collection available for English-language readers in a volume that contributes to how we understand both early modern China and the history of humor. In the course of our conversation we talked about the craft and challenges of translation, Feng Menglong’s approach to morality, and the linguistic textures of the collection, among many other things. Pi-Ching was generous enough to read some of her translated jokes for us, so stay tuned until the end!

Monique Abud

Centre d'études sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine, EHESS, Paris, France

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