The Cambridge History of Chinese Literature: From 1375

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Kang-i Sun Chang, Stephen Owen
Cambridge University Press, 2010 - Chinese literature - 793 pages
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The Cambridge History of Chinese Literature gives an account of 3,000 years of Chinese literature, accessible to non-specialist readers as well as scholars and students of Chinese. From the beginnings of the Chinese written language to the lively world of internet literature, these two volumes tell the story of Chinese writing, both as an instrument of the state and as a medium for culture outside the state. These volumes treat not only poetry, drama, and fiction, but early works of history and the informal prose of later eras. The first volume begins with the question of the Chinese written language and the earliest inscriptions, dating from the late second millennium BC. In doing so, it traces the beginnings of one of the longest continuous literary traditions in the world. By the end of the period, there was a fully evolved commercial print culture, encompassing writing in both the older classical language and an emerging urban vernacular. The Chapters in this volume chart the rise and fall of major dynasties and the role of the court in literary production, the cultural influences of other Asian countries, including the introduction of Buddhism, and the social and material contexts of the most important authors. The contributors keep in mind the traditions that preserved classical texts as much as the conditions that originally produced them.
 

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Contents

Literature of the early Ming to midMing 13751572
1
The period from 1450 to 1520
18
The period from 1520 to 1572
42
The literary culture of the late Ming 15731644
63
Fiction and the merchant elite
99
From the Eastern Han through the Western Jin ad 25317
116
Drama
127
Postscript
149
Precious scrolls revisited
399
Conclusion
412
18951919
440
the twelfth and thirteenth centuries
465
19191937
467
Print culture and literary societies
542
modernities and historicities
556
Chinese literature from 1937 to the present
565

History and memory in early Qing literature
168
From the Eastern Jin through the Early Tang 317649
199
Continuities reversals and new beginnings
201
Alternative worlds
229
The literati era and its demise 17231840
245
The cultural Tang 6501020 286
246
The making of the literati novel
265
Literati plays and popular regional theaters
298
17961840
324
Prosimetric and verse narrative
343
The Northern Song 10201126 381
348
String ballads and other genres from the Jiangnan area
374
Southern traditions
389
The end of the Civil War and the beginning of a new era 19491977
599
Taiwan
612
Hong Kong
634
Intersections and contestations 1978 to the present
644
Select Bibliography
651
Taiwan
674
Hong Kong
690
Recent changes in print culture and the advent of new media
697
Epilogue Sinophone writings and the Chinese diaspora
706
Select Bibliography
715
Glossary
740
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