Chinese Aesthetics and Literature

A Reader

Edited by Corinne H. Dale

Subjects: Aesthetics
Series: SUNY series in Asian Studies Development
Paperback : 9780791460221, 272 pages, March 2004
Hardcover : 9780791460214, 272 pages, March 2004

Table of contents

Preface

Introduction

Notes on Language and Pronunciation

A Brief Outline of Literary History

1. THE IMAGINATIVE UNIVERSE OF CHINESE LITERATURE
Pauline Yu and Theodore Huters

2. LANGUAGE AND INTERPRETIVE CONTEXTS
Roger T. Ames

3. THE CONTINUITY OF BEING: CHINESE VISIONS OF NATURE
Tu Wei-ming

4. THE CENTRAL TRADITION IN TRADITIONAL SOCIETY
Wilt Idema and Lloyd Haft

5. WOMEN, MORAL VIRTUE, AND LITERARY TEXT
Wendy Larson

6. OMEN OF THE WORLD: MEANING IN THE CHINESE LYRIC
Stephen Owen

7. THE DISTINCTIVE ART OF CHINESE FICTION
Paul S. Ropp

8. BEIJING OPERA PLAYS AND PERFORMANCE
Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak

9. REFLECTIONS ON CHANGE AND CONTINUITY IN MODERN CHINESE FICTION
Leo Ou-fan Lee

10. THEATER AND SOCIETY: AN INTRODUCTION TO CONTEMPORARY CHINESE DRAMA
Yan Haiping

11. BORDER CROSSINGS: CHINESE WRITING, IN THEIR WORLD AND OURS
Howard Goldblatt

Annotated Bibliography

Contributors

Index

Featuring the work of renowned scholars, this anthology provides an introduction to Chinese aesthetics and literature.

Description

This comprehensive introduction to Chinese aesthetics and literature includes the major modern genres of poetry, fiction, and drama. Featuring the work of renowned scholars in Chinese studies, the book provides an historical survey of Chinese literature and explains its philosophical and historical underpinnings in Daoist, Buddhist, and Confucian thought. The traditions of lyric poetry, fiction, and theater are presented as cultural practices. Modern responses to the political and social crises of twentieth-century China and on the avant-garde experimental literature of twenty-first century China are also examined.

Corinne H. Dale is Professor of English at Belmont University and the coeditor (with J. H. E. Paine) of Women on the Edge: Ethnicity and Gender in Short Stories by American Women.