A Study of Qinglian and the Works about Her
Keywords:清代詩文, 和珅, 梅村體, 陳文述, 腐敗官員, poetry and prose of the Qing dynasty, Heshen, Meicun style, Chen Wenshu, corrupt officials
LANGUAGE NOTE | Document text in Chinese; abstract also in English.
Qinglian was a nickname given to Wang Fu, a native of Changshu in the Wu region who lived in the Qianlong reign-period (1736-1795), when she became concubine of Wang Danwang, governor of Zhejiang province. A few years after the latter was executed for corruption, Qinglian was given to Heshen as a concubine by Jiang Ciqi. After the downfall of Heshen, the poems authored by or attributed to Qinglian began to be circulated. These poems are mainly about her life and feelings. In the meantime, her story became a significant theme in some poetry, essays, poetry critique, and narratives, which were in wide circulation. Among these works were some of high quality and some by famous writers. These works may be seen as a warning as they criticized the corrupt officials and satirized those who were once adherents to corrupt officials in order to curry favor.
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