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New in Journal of Asian Studies
A Review of The Chinese Pleasure Book

In a new review in The Journal of Asian Studies , Curie Virág discusses The Chinese Pleasure Book by Michael Nylan. Click here to learn more about the book. Click here to read the full article. An excerpt appears below:

“The most immediately striking feature of Michael Nylan’s The Chinese Pleasure Book, apart from the beauty of the cover design, is its title: it playfully evokes an Orientalizing fantasy world of sensual delights and exotic pastimes—a world that could not be further away from an academic study of classical Chinese texts. But it does the job of drawing attention to the topic at hand, and to the fact that pleasure—and not just of the sublimated variety–was indeed an issue of central concern…”