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Chinese Literature

3rd Edition

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Part of Introductions to Chinese Culture

  • Date Published: March 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521186780

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  • Chinese literature has a long, distinctive history and has played an important part in shaping the cultural identity of the Chinese people. This literature provides a window into human relationships, society, politics, spirituality and philosophy at any given time in China's history. This accessible, illustrated introduction takes the reader through the rich Chinese literary tradition from ancient times to the twentieth century, exploring poetry, opera, drama, novels, short stories, the modern media and the authors who created these cultural treasures.

    • An accessible introduction to the history of Chinese literature
    • Written by a team of leading Chinese experts whose work is not widely available in the West
    • Full colour illustrations support the discussion throughout
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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: March 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521186780
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 156 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Ancient Chinese Literature:
    1. The book of songs: the earliest anthology of poetry
    2. Prose writing during the spring and autumn and warring states periods
    3. Qu Yuan: a romantic lyricist
    4. Records of the historians
    5. Literature in the Wei and Jin period
    6. Li Bai and Du Fu: the two summits of Tang poetry
    7. Ci poetry: poems to be sung
    8. Yuan opera: Guan Hanqing and Wang Shifu
    Classical fiction in the Ming Dynasty: Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Outlaws of the Marsh and Journey to the West
    9. Short stories of the Qing Dynasty
    10. A dream of red mansions: the pinnacle of Classical literature
    Part II. Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature:
    11. Lu Xun: founder of new vernacular literature
    12. Modern fiction: echo of the times
    13. New poetry finding a voice of their own
    14. Modern drama
    15. Literature in the new era
    16. Literature today
    Appendix: chronological table of the Chinese dynasties.

  • Authors

    Dan Yao
    Yao Dan is Dean of Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature in the School of Liberal Arts, China Renmin University. She is a member of the Society of Modern Chinese Literature and a special researcher of the Christian Culture Institute at China Renmin University. She has published a number of works on Chinese literature.

    Jinhui Deng

    Feng Wang

    Huiyun Tang

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