Magistrates, Doctors, and Monks: Satire in the Chinese Jestbook Xiaolin Guangji

  title={Magistrates, Doctors, and Monks: Satire in the Chinese Jestbook Xiaolin Guangji},
  author={Antonio Leggieri},
  journal={The Rhetoric of Topics and Forms},
  • Antonio Leggieri
  • Published 18 January 2021
  • Linguistics
  • The Rhetoric of Topics and Forms
: In most modern Chinese–English dictionaries, the term fengci – a word composed of two characters which originally meant “to chant” and “to stab” – is often given as a direct translation of “satire.” In the light of an etymologi-cal origin so notably different from its Latin counterpart, satura , one might be tempted to think that satire, in its commonly understood sense, does not exist in Chinese literature, especially of the premodern variety. This article takes social satire as its starting… 



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