Victor H. Mair, "The Columbia History of Chinese Literature"
Publisher: Columbia University Press | ISBN: 0231109849 | edition 2002 | PDF | 1280 pages | 5,8 mb
This ambitious history explores a wide range of Chinese literature, from the classics to humor to folk tales to oral traditions, and moves from ancient times to the end of the 20th century. The 54 chapters also include discussions of Chinese literature by women and minorities and assess its reception in Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. A lengthy chapter explains the language and script, emphasizing the diversity and the changes over time. All the discussions deal with the social, political, and philosophical backgrounds that either inhabit or inhibit the literature.