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Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

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Perhaps nowhere else has literature been as conscious a collective endeavor as in China, and China's survival over three thousand years may owe more to its literary traditions than to its political history. This Very Short Introduction tells the story of Chinese literature from antiquity to the present, focusing on the key role literary culture played in supporting social and political concerns. Embracing traditional Chinese understandings of literature as encompassing history and philosophy as well as poetry and poetics, storytelling, drama, and the novel, Sabina Knight discusses the philosophical foundations of literary culture as well as literature's power to address historical trauma and cultivate moral and sensual passions. From ancient historical records through the modernization and globalization of Chinese literature, Knight draws on lively examples to underscore the close relationship between ethics and aesthetics, as well as the diversity of Chinese thought. Knight also illuminates the role of elite patronage; the ways literature has served the interests of specific groups; and questions of canonization, language, nationalism, and cross-cultural understanding. The book includes Chinese characters for names, titles, and key terms.

About the Author

Sabina Knight is Associate Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature at Smith College and the author of The Heart of Time: Moral Agency in Twentieth-Century Chinese Fiction.

Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1: Foundations: Ethics, Parables, and Fish

Chapter 2: Poetry and Poetics: Landscapes, Allusions, and Alcohol

Chapter 3: Classical Narrative: History, Jottings, and Stories of the Strange

Chapter 4: Vernacular Drama and Fiction: Gardens, Bandits, and Dreams

Chapter 5: Modern and Contemporary Literature: Trauma, Movements, and Bus Stops

References

Further Reading

Websites

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195392067
Author:
Knight, Sabina
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Literature/English | World Literature | Asia
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Reference
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 b/w halftones
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
4.3 x 6.7 x 0.4 in 0.275 lb

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