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The Columbia Anthology of Traditional Chinese Literature

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Introduction: The Origins and Impact of Literati Culture Map of China Abbreviations Prolegomenon Preface Acknowledgements Romanization Conversion Chart from Wade-Giles to Pinyin Foundations Poetry Prose Fiction Drama Commentary, Criticism, and Interpretation Popular and Peripheral Manifestations Chart of the Chinese Dynasties Romanization Conversion Chart from Wade-Giles to Pinyin Glossary Contributors Index

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Including works of varied genres from fiction and poetry to folk stories and elegies, travelogues and jokes to criticism and theory, this wide-ranging collection brings together more than two thousand years of great works in one portable volume.

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Victor H. Mair is professor of Chinese languages and literature in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Among his many publications are Tun-huang Popular Narratives; Painting and Performance: Chinese Picture Recitation and Its Indian Genesis; T'ang Transformation Texts: A Study of the Buddhist Contribution to the Rise of Vernacular Fiction and Drama in China; Tao Te Ching: The Chinese Book of Integrity and the Way; and (with J. P. Mallory) The Tarim Mummies.


Innovative, talented, lively, and splendidly readable. Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society The list of translators reads like a Who's Who of Western Sinology. This is a book one can open at any page and immediately be drawn in by its great and appealing content. It is at once a reference book, with examples drawn from the huge corpus of Chinese literature, and a book which guarantees superb reading pleasure. New Asia Review A lifetime spent reading Chinese literature has produced this enormous, enthralling, canon-exploding book... Often, the funniest and liveliest entries are translated by the editor himself, who has an uncanny ability to capture puns and rhymes even in English translation... [W]onderful. Revue Bibliographique de Sinologie

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