The Columbia History of Chinese Literature

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Victor H. Mair
Columbia University Press, Mar 10, 2010 - Literary Criticism - 1368 pages
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The Columbia History of Chinese Literature is a comprehensive yet portable guide to China's vast literary traditions. Stretching from earliest times to the present, the text features original contributions by leading specialists working in all genres and periods. Chapters cover poetry, prose, fiction, and drama, and consider such contextual subjects as popular culture, the impact of religion, the role of women, and China's relationship with non-Sinitic languages and peoples. Opening with a major section on the linguistic and intellectual foundations of Chinese literature, the anthology traces the development of forms and movements over time, along with critical trends, and pays particular attention to the premodern canon.
 

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Contents

The Origins and Impact of Literati Culture
1
Part I FOUNDATIONS
17
Part II POETRY
221
Part III PROSE
491
Part IV FICTION
577
Part V DRAMA
783
Part VI Commentary Criticism and Interpretation
879
Part VII POPULAR AND PERIPHERAL MANIFESTATIONS
951
Principle Chinese Dynasties and Periods
1153
Romanization Schemes for Modern Standard Mandarin
1155
Glossary of Terms
1161
Glossary of Names
1179
Glossary of Titles
1213
Index
1241
Contributors
1335
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Suggested Further Reading
1105

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Victor Mair is professor of Chinese language and literature at the University of Pennsylvania and the founder and editor of Sino-Platonic Papers, an academic journal that examines diverse aspects of Chinese language, script, and culture, paying particular attention to historical relationships with other societies in Eurasia. Mair is also a critically acclaimed translator of The Art of War: Sun Zi's Military Methods and the editor of The Columbia Anthology of Traditional Chinese Literature.

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