The Cambridge History of Chinese Literature, Volume 1

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Kang-i Sun Chang, Stephen Owen
Cambridge University Press, 2010 - Chinese literature - 1504 pages
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

Early Chinese literature beginnings through Western
1
Inscriptions on oracle bones and bronze artifacts
7
The Classic of Poetry
17
The Airs and the early hermeneutic traditions
28
Warring States narrative literature and rhetoric
43
The question of literacy
56
The Verses of Chu
76
The poetry of the early empire
86
The fall of the Tang and the age of regional states 861960
358
The Northern Song 10201126
381
Chinese literature from 1841 to 1937
413
the twelfth and thirteenth centuries
465
the impact of Daoxue MICHAEL A FULLER
476
the convergence of aesthetic and philosophical issues in Yang Wanli
482
groups and clubs and the impact
498
Elite literature of the Jin dynasty to 1214 MICHAEL A FULLER
507

Qin and Western Han political and philosophical discourses
107
From the Eastern Han through the Western Jin AD 25317
116
Early Qing to 1723
152
The Jianan period
166
The Zhengshi period
176
Western Jin literature
182
the fifth century
226
the sixth century
249
Prosimetric and verse narrative
343
Professionalism and the craft of song SHUENFU LIN
520
The pleasures of the city SHUENFU LIN
533
The fall of the Southern Song SHUENFU LIN
542
A note on the fu
613
Colloquial literature in the Yuan
619
Select bibliography
651
Glossary
660
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