“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

Chinese Literature - A Very Short Introduction

By Helen Wang, published

Chinese Literature - A Very Short Introduction, by Sabina Knight, Oxford University Press, 3 Feb 2012 - 137 pages
Publisher's intro: 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...

Contents
(1) Foundations: ethics, parables, and fish
(2) Poetry and poetics: landscapes, allusions and alcohol
(3) Classical narrative: history, jottings, and tales of the strange
(4) Vernacular drama and fiction: gardens, bandits, and dreams
(5) Modern literature: trauma, movements, and bus stops

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