By Luo Yuming. Translated with Annotations and an Introduction by Ye Yang

ISBN-10: 9004203664

ISBN-13: 9789004203662

A historical past of chinese language literature from its early beginnings throughout the finish of the Qing dynasty, this fresh paintings from Professor Luo Yuming of Chinas Fudan college seeks to supply, by means of adopting new theoretical views and utilizing up-to-date study, a coherent, panoramic description of the improvement of chinese language literature and its significant features. As one of many only a few English translations of such works by means of chinese language authors it seeks to notify the Western viewers of the hot viewpoints and scholarship at the subject from a number one chinese language pupil. it could actually additionally offer a few grounds of comparability and distinction with identical works within the West.

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In the past, the Yellow River valley was generally considered to be the sole birthplace of Chinese civilization. Modern archaeological excavations, however, have proved that Chinese civilization resulted from the gradual fusion of multiple sources. So far, several thousand sites of Neolithic culture have been discovered in China; they are scattered, like stars in the sky or pieces on a chessboard, across a vast geographical area, without any obvious regional differences between the primary and the secondary in their relationship.

No artistic style of any poetry is formed without a reason. A forthright and passionate style is surely the product of free, untrammeled emotions, while the expression of the implicit and the ambiguous must have resulted from inhibited feelings. This is especially true in the early stage of the development of a literature, in a time when people have not yet started searching consciously for a variety of artistic styles. Love usually leads to marriage, but marriage is not always happy. In the Songs of the States there are quite a few poems that portray the world of emotions between husband and wife.

CHAPTER ONE THE EARLY PERIOD OF CHINESE LITERATURE: THE FORMATION OF ITS CHARACTERISTICS Chinese literature goes back to ancient times. For several thousand years, although it has repeatedly assimilated elements from other cultures, it has nevertheless maintained a consistent and continuous process of development, which is a unique phenomenon in the world. As a result, some basic features of Chinese literature in its early formative period (here it refers roughly to the pre-Qin age), which have since exerted an extremely profound and far-reaching influence on its later development, merit our attention.

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