Chinese literature : a very short introduction

Sabina Knight

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 SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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  • 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

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書名 Chinese literature : a very short introduction
著作者等 Knight, Sabina
シリーズ名 Very short introductions
出版元 Oxford University Press
刊行年月 c2012
ページ数 xx, 137 p.
大きさ 18 cm
ISBN 9780195392067
NCID BB08609652
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス