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Anthology of Chinese Literature Beginnings to 1911

Anthology of Chinese Literature Beginnings to 1911 - 96 edition

Anthology of Chinese Literature Beginnings to 1911 - 96 edition

ISBN13: 9780393971064

ISBN10: 0393971066

Anthology of Chinese Literature Beginnings to 1911 by Stephen  Ed. Owen - ISBN 9780393971064
Edition: 96
Copyright: 1996
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co.
International: No
Anthology of Chinese Literature Beginnings to 1911 by Stephen  Ed. Owen - ISBN 9780393971064

ISBN13: 9780393971064

ISBN10: 0393971066

Edition: 96

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The Definitive Anthology of Chinese Literature
Hailed as a groundbreaking text in Chinese Studies, An Anthology of Chinese Literature brings together representative works from the first millenium B.C. to the end of the imperial system in 1911. This collection of over 600 pieces, translated with great clarity and sense of the original, presents the tradition in historical and aesthetic context. Moving roughly chronologically through the tradition, An Anthology of Chinese Literature gathers texts in a variety of genres--songs, letters, anecdotes, poetry, political oratory, plays, traditional literary theory, and more--to show how the essential texts build on and echo each other. Coupled with highly readable commentary, this innovative structure uniquely highlights the interplay among Chinese literature, culture, and history.

A Teaching Anthology
Classroom tested, An Anthology of Chinese Literature incorporates pedagogical elements that provide students with neccessary background and suugest points of study and comparison.

A general introduction traces the evolution of Chinese literature.
A timeline lays out major literary and historical events.
Period introductions discuss literary and cultural events.
Interpretive commentary elucidates major themes and suggests connections among pieces, ideas, and authors.
Special commentary sections called "Other Voices in the Tradition" allow readers to examine individual pieces in relation to the greater tradition.
A note on translation.

The Editor
Stephen Owen is Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature at Harvard University. His books include The Poetry of Meng Chiao and Han Yü, The Poetry of the Early T'ang, The Great Age of Chinese Poetry: The High T'ang, Traditional Chinese Poetry and Poetics: An Omen of the World, Remebrances: The Experience of the Past in Classical Chinese Literature, Mi-lou: Poetry and the Labryinth of Desire, and Readings in Chinese Literary Thought. He is also an editor of The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces, Expanded Edition, and of The Vitality of the Lyric Voice: Shih Poetry from the Late Han to the T'ang.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction and Note on Translation
Early China

The Classic of Poetry: Beginnings
The Zhou Founding
Human Sacrifice: Making Exchanges
The Classic of Poetry: "Airs"
Understanding and Misunderstanding: The Need to Explain
Courtship, Marriage, and Love
Using the Poems and Early Interpretation
Early Narrative
Two Sad Stories of Good Behavior
An Exegetical Literature
Heroes of the Will
Swindles and Bad Exchanges: The Problems Surrounding Bian He's Jade
The Story of Wu Zi-xu
Early Literary Prose: The Delight of Words
The Zhuang-zi
Early Political Oratory
Si-ma Qian
The Chu-ci: "Lyrics of Chu"
"The Nine Songs"
The Li Sao
The Chu-ci Tradition
Journeys Heavenly and Earthly
The Encounter with the Goddess
Calling Back the Soul
"The Biography of Lady Li"

The Chinese "Middle Ages"

Yue-fu of the South
Yue-fu of the Northern Dynasties
The Beginnings of Classical Poetry
Parting and Going Off
Longing on the Road
Coming to the City
Alone at Night
The Message and Gift
The Stranger and the Woman
Impermanence and Disillusion
The Return
Coda: Reencounter
The Poets
Cao Zhi
Ruan Ji
Turning Away
Anecdotes, Parables, and Profound Jokes
The Poetry of the Southern Dynasties
Tao Quian Xie Ling-yun
Bao Zhao
The Southern Courts
The Image of the Southern Dynasties
Traditional Literary Theory

The Tang Dynasty

Tang Poetry: General Introduction
Occasions: "Sorry to Have Missed You"
Other Poem Types
Character Types and Vignettes
An Example of Verse Form
High Tang Poetry
Wang Wei
Meng Hao-ran
Li Bo
Han-shan: The Master of Cold Mountain
The High Tang Quatrain
Du Fu
Early Du Fu
Giving Account of Oneself
The Poetry of the Rebellion
Qin-zhou and Cheng-du
On Painting
Kui-zhou and Du Fu's Final Years
Interlude: Xuan-zong and Yang the Prized Consort
Tang Literature of the Frontier
The High Tang Frontier Poem
Mid- and Late Tang Frontier Poetry
Du Fu: The Formation of a Soldier
Mid- and Late Tang Poetry
Meng Jiao
Han Yu
Li He
Bo Ju-yi
Du Mu
Yu Xuan-ji
Li Shang-yin
Tang Tales
Two Tales of Keeping Faith
Two Tales of Faith Broken
The Song Dynasty
Traditions of Song Lyric
Treatment of a Motif: The Drunken Husband's Return
Tang and Five Dynasties Lyrics
Party Songs of the Eleventh Century
Songs of Romance
Su Shi
Li Qing-zhao
The Early Southern Song
The Master Craftsmen
Interlude: Li Qing-zhao's Epilogue to Records on Metal and Stone
Classical Prose
Accounts of Visits
Funerary Genres
Informal Prose
People and Places
A City: Yang-zhou
The Ornaments of "Literati" Culture
Ordinary Things
Pastoral Scenes
Su Shi
Song Classical Poetry
Ou-yang Xiu
Mei Yao-chen
Wang An-shi
Huang Ting-jian
Lu You
Yang Wan-Li
Interlude: Wen Tian-xiang and the Fall of the Song

The Yuan and Ming Dynasties

Yuan Vernacular Song
Ma Zhi-yuan
Variety Plays: Guan Han-qing, Rescuing One of the Girls from The Romance of the Gods
Late Ming Informal Prose
Vernacular Stories: Feng Meng-long and Lang-xian
Tang Xian-zu, Peony Pavilion: Selected Acts

The Qing Dynasty

Li Yu, Silent Operas: "An Actress Scorns Wealth and Honor to Preserve Her Chastity"
Kong Shang-ren, from Peach Blossom Fan
Hong Sheng, from The Palace of Lasting Life
Pu Song-ling, Liao-zhai's Record of Wonders
Qing Classical Poetry and Song Lyric
Gu Yan-wu
Wu Wei-ye
Wang Shi-zhen
Nara Singde
Zhao Yi
Huang Jing-ren
Gong Zi-zhen
Huang Zun-xian
Qiu Jin
Wang Guo-wei