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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

The China Quarterly - Bernhard Fuehrer

The Columbia History of Chinese Literature is indeed the most comprehensive single-volume introduction to Chinese literature, premodern and modern. It goes without saying that no library can afford not to make this impressive volume available to its readers, and that nobody with a serious interest in Chinese literature can possibly disregard this comprehensive and most inspiring volume.

Journal of the American Oriental Society - Richard B. Mather

A monumental contribution to the field of Chinese literary studies.

The China Quarterly
The Columbia History of Chinese Literature is indeed the most comprehensive single-volume introduction to Chinese literature, premodern and modern. It goes without saying that no library can afford not to make this impressive volume available to its readers, and that nobody with a serious interest in Chinese literature can possibly disregard this comprehensive and most inspiring volume.

— Bernhard Fuehrer

Journal of the American Oriental Society
A monumental contribution to the field of Chinese literary studies.

— Richard B. Mather

Library Journal
This ambitious history explores a wide range of Chinese literature, from the classics to humor to folk tales to oral traditions, and moves from ancient times to the end of the 20th century. The 54 chapters also include discussions of Chinese literature by women and minorities and assess its reception in Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. A lengthy chapter explains the language and script, emphasizing the diversity and the changes over time. All the discussions deal with the social, political, and philosophical backgrounds that either inhabit or inhibit the literature. Early texts, for example, are usually grounded in Confucian and Taoist thought, while more recent writings deal with, or at least suggest, political ideologies. This being a history and not an anthology, no literature is included, except for an occasional short quotation. And, of course, the many transliterated titles, authors' names, and dates make for difficult reading, even though everything is translated and Chinese characters are omitted. Mair (Chinese language and literature, Univ. of Pennsylvania) has overseen a host of excellent scholars writing on a vast subject. Highly recommended. Kitty Chen Dean, Nassau Coll., Garden City, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231109857
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 3/10/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 1342
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 2.60 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

ProlegomenonPrefaceMap of ChinaIntroduction: The Origins and Impact of Literati Culture1. FoundationsLanguage and Script, by Victor H. MairMyth, by Anne BirrellPhilosophy and Literature in Early China, by Michael PuettThe Thirteen Classics, by Paul Rakita GoldinShih-ching Poetry and Didacticism in Ancient Chinese Literature, by Jeffrey RiegelThe Supernatural, by Rania HuntingtonWit and Humor, by Karin MyhreProverbs, by John S. RohsenowBuddhist Literature, by Helwig Schmidt-Glintzer and Victor H. MairTaoist Heritage, by Judith BoltzWomen in Literature, by Anne Birrell2. PoetrySao, fu, Parallel Prose, and Related Genres, by Christopher Leigh ConneryPoetry from 200 b.c.e. to 600 c.e., by Robert Joe CutterPoetry of the T'ang Dynasty, by Paul W. KrollTz'u, by Stuart SargentSung Dynasty shih Poetry, by Michael A. FullerYan san-ch, by Wayne SchleppMongol-Yuan Classical Verse (shih), by Richard John LynnPoetry of the Fourteenth Century, by John Timothy WixtedPoetry of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries, by Daniel BryantPoetry of the Seventeenth Century, by Richard John LynnPoetry of the Eighteenth to Early Twentieth Centuries, by Daniel BryantCh'ing Lyric, by David McCrawModern Poetry, by Michelle YehPoetry and Painting, by Charles Hartman3. ProseThe Literary Features of Historical Writing, by Stephen DurrantEarly Biography, by William H. Nienhauser, Jr.Expository Prose, by Ronald EganRecords of Anomalies, by Ying HuTravel Literature, by James HargettSketches, by James HargettTwentieth-Century Prose, by Philip F. C. Williams4. FictionT-ang Tales, by William H. Nienhauser, Jr.Vernacular Stories, by Yenna WuFull-Length Vernacular Fiction, by Wai-yee LiTraditional Vernacular Novels: Some Lesser-Known Works, by Daria BergThe Later Classical Tale, by Allan H. BarrEnd of the Empire to the Beginning of the Republic (1897-1916), by Milena Doleelov-VelingerovTwentieth-Century Fiction, by Philip F. C. WilliamsChina, Hong Kong, and Taiwan during the 1980s and 1990s, by Helmut Martin5. DramaTraditional Dramatic Literature, by Wilt L. IdemaTwentieth-Century Spoken Drama, by Xiaomei Chen6. Commentary, Criticism, and InterpretationThe Rhetoric of Premodern Prose Style, by Christoph HarbsmeierClassical Exegesis, by Haun SaussyLiterary Theory and Criticism, by Dore J. LevyTraditional Fiction Commentary, by David L. Rolston7. Popular and Peripheral ManifestationsBalladry and Popular Song, by Anne BirrellTun-huang Literature, by Neil SchmidThe Oral-Formulaic Tradition, by Anne E. McLarenRegional Literatures, by Mark BenderEthnic Minority Literature, by Mark BenderThe Translator's Turn: The Birth of Modern Chinese Language and Fiction, by Lydia H. LiuThe Reception of Chinese Literature in Korea, by Emanuel PastreichThe Reception of Chinese Literature in Japan, by Emanuel PastreichThe Reception of Chinese Literature in Vietnam, by Emanuel PastreichChart of the Chinese DynastiesRomanization Conversion Chart from Wade-Giles to PinyinGlossary

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