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Traditional Chinese Stories : Themes and Variations [Chinese Short Fiction, Literature]

Y. W. Ma / Joseph S. M. Lau

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ISBN 10: 023104058X / ISBN 13: 9780231040587
Published by New York Columbia University Press 1978, Some Foxing on a Few Beginning pages, Minor, 1978
Condition: Good Clean Cond. Hardcover
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Quality Hardback : hard cover edition in Very Good condition, some slight wear to edges, as normal for age of book; and in a Good Dust Jacket with some egde wear and slight chipping. Overall good / nice copy of this scarce title. Excellent reading on the subject. A good book to enjoy and keep on hand for yourself, or would make a GREAT GIFT for the fan / reader in your life. Reading is one of the great pleasures in life. Previous owner's name. Size: Chinese Culture. Bookseller Inventory # 5029594

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Title: Traditional Chinese Stories : Themes and ...

Publisher: New York Columbia University Press 1978, Some Foxing on a Few Beginning pages, Minor

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Hard back

Illustrator: Illustrated Dust Jacket

Book Condition:Good Clean Cond.

Dust Jacket Condition: Yes / Good

Book Type: Fiction Compilation

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For centuries the Chinese referred to their fiction as hsiao-shuo, etymologically meaning "roadside gossip" or "small talk," and held it in low regard compared to classical poetry and drama. Not until the 20th century was the Chinese story internationally recognized as a beautiful and vital expression of the Chinese spirit. Spanning the former Han dynasty (206 B.C.-A.D. 8) to the early Republican years, these 61 selected stories represent the five major forms of Chinese fiction: pi-chi, ch'uan-ch'i, pien-wen, hua-pen and kung-an. With tables listing each selection in its proper chronological sequence and with extensive notes explaining difficult allusions and the placement of each story in the development of Chinese literature, this collection provides an excellent text for students of comparative literature and Chinese fiction.

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Text: English, Chinese (translation)

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