Sex in China pp 85-105 | Cite as

Classical Chinese Erotica

Then and Now
  • Fang Fu Ruan
Part of the Perspectives in Sexuality book series (PISE)


China possesses one of the world’s great literary traditions, with an uninterrupted history of more than 3,000 years. More than a thousand years ago, Chinese prose literature diverged into two streams. The first, more literary stream, known as classical prose, includes works emulating the standards and styles set by the authors of the Confucian Classics and the early philosophers. The language in such works is always far removed from contemporary dialects. By contrast, the second stream consists of vernacular prose, written in the same language their authors used on a daily basis. The same distinction exists in the realm of Chinese fiction.


Ching Dynasty Chinese Communist Party Confucian Classic China Daily Popular Fiction 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fang Fu Ruan
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  1. 1.The Institute for Advanced Study of Human SexualitySan FranciscoUSA

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