Jiandeng Xinhua

Jiandeng Xinhua (剪灯新话, New stories told while trimming the wick, 1378) is an early Ming dynasty collection of Chinese stories by Qu You (瞿佑).[1][2]

It was succeeded by a second volume Jiandeng Xinhua wai er zhong.[3] It is the model for the first novel in Korean literature, Kumo Shinhwa, also written in the Chinese language.[4]


  1. ^ not Zhu Yu (朱彧; Wade–Giles: Chu Yü) as incorrectly cited in some websites
  2. ^ Rania Huntington - Alien Kind: Foxes and Late Imperial Chinese Narrative 2003 p25 "Foxes were not a frequent topic in the long poetic romances of the early Ming, the most famous collection of which was Jiandeng xinhua 剪灯新话 (New stories told while trimming the wick, 1378)."
  3. ^ Anne Gerritsen Ji'an Literati and the Local in Song-Yuan-Ming China 2007 p240 "Jiandeng Xinhua (wai er zhong) .. (New tales written while trimming the wick, two further versions) (Beijing: Zhonghua shuju, 1962)"
  4. ^ Dae-Sook Suh Korean Studies: New Pacific Currents - 1994 p123 "Kumo shinhwa, written during the author's five years as a recluse on Mt. Kumo in Kyongju, is believed to have been modeled on Zhu Yu's (1341-1433) Jiandeng xinhua (New Anecdotes Under the Lamplight), which appeared during the early