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
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China has one of the longest continuous literary traditions in the world. 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. The chapters, organized chronologically, treat not only poetry, drama, and fiction, but also historical writing and other prose forms. Written by internationally recognized experts in the field, the History frequently challenges current scholarship, from taking recent archeological discoveries into consideration to understanding Chinese modernity not as a sudden rupture with the past but as part of a longer process. The History offers both an integrated narrative, situating literature in its larger cultural context, and an overview of the key developments of the past millennia accessible to non-specialist readers as well as scholars and students of Chinese.
 

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Contents

Early Chinese literature beginnings through Western Han
1
Inscriptions on oracle bones and bronze artifacts
7
HI The Classic of Poetry
9
The Airs and the early hermeneutic traditions
28
The royal speeches in the Classic of Documents
39
Warring States narrative literature and rhetoric
43
The question of literacy
56
The Han construction of Warring States textual lineages
60
the sixth century
249
early fifth through early seventh centuries
271
The cultural Tang 6501020
286
The age of Empress Wu 650712
293
the High Tang 712755
304
The Northern Song 10201126
381
the twelfth and thirteenth centuries
465
the convergence of aesthetic and philosophical issues in Yang Wanli
482

The texts of Warring States philosophical and political discourse
66
The Verses of Chu
76
The poetry of the early empire
86
Western Han historical and anecdotal narrative
99
Qin and Western Han political and philosophical discourses
107
The status of the Classics
111
From the Eastern Han through the Western Jin ad 25317
116
The Jianan period
166
The Zhengshi period
176
Western Jin literature
182
From the Eastern Jin through the early Tang 317649
199
the fifth century
226
groups and clubs and the impact
498
Elite literature of the Jin dynasty to 1214 MICHAEL A FULLER
507
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
ca 1230ca 1375
557
Northern writing to 1300
565
a new form of hybrid poetry
633
Select bibliography
651
533
691
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