Handbook of Chinese Popular Culture / Edition 1

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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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A reference that provides in 18 chapters a comprehensive and current bibliographical and descriptive study of Chinese popular culture, including food, tea drinking, religion, herbal medicine, sports, mass media, traditional drama, film, science fiction, comic art, calligraphy, popular rural architecture, and transportation. Each chapter provides a survey of research materials and an overview of the most significant points of critical concern. An extensive closing bibliography provides references for topics not treated in the volume. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313278082
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/30/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Lexile: 1330L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

WU DINGBO is Associate Professor of English at Shanghai International Studies University.

PATRICK D. MURPHY is Professor of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Cultural Tradition and Popular Culture 1
2 Lifestyles: Commercialization and Concepts of Choice 9
3 Food 35
4 Tea Drinking and Its Culture 55
5 Religion 77
6 Chinese Herbal Medicine 93
7 Sports 113
8 Taijiquan and Qigong 137
9 Wushu 155
10 The Chinese Mass Media 169
11 Film 197
12 Traditional Chinese Drama 215
13 Chinese Gallant Fiction 237
14 Chinese Science Fiction 257
15 Comic Art 279
16 Chinese Calligraphy 307
17 Popular Rural Architecture 327
18 Transportation in the People's Republic of China 347
Selected Bibliography 361
Index 397
Contributors 407
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