Handbook of Chinese Popular Culture

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1994 - Social Science - 409 pages
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Chinese popular culture is extremely diverse and richly complex. The 18 chapters in this reference provide the most current and comprehensive bibliographical and descriptive study of Chinese popular culture in English. The chapters, each devoted to a particular topic, are written by expert contributors who offer comprehensive surveys of research materials and discuss the most important points of critical interest.

The opening chapters of the book discuss the complexity of the Chinese cultural tradition and the relationship between popular culture and Chinese civilization. The chapters that follow are devoted to particular topics that reflect key elements of Chinese popular culture, such as tea drinking, literature, and religion. The chapters generally discuss the history of the topic, review current research in the field, evaluate available reference sources and research collections, and present bibliographic information.

 

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Contents

Introduction Cultural Tradition and Popular Culture
1
Lifestyles Commercialization and Concepts of Choice
9
Food
35
Tea Drinking and Its Culture
55
Religion
77
Chinese Herbal Medicine
93
Sports
113
Taijiquan and Qigong
137
Traditional Chinese Drama
215
Chinese Gallant Fiction
237
Chinese Science Fiction
257
Comic Art
279
Chinese Calligraphy
307
Popular Rural Architecture
327
Transportation in the Peoples Republic of China
347
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
361

Wushu
155
The Chinese Moss Media
169
Film
197
INDEX
397
CONTRIBUTORS
407
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WU DINGBO is Associate Professor of English at Shanghai International Studies University. A renowned authority on science fiction, his publications include Science Fiction from China: Eight Stories (Praeger Publishers, 1989).

PATRICK D. MURPHY is Professor of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is the editor of Staging the Impossible (Greenwood Press, 1992) and the coeditor of Science Fiction from China.

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