Chinese Aesthetics and Literature: A Reader


Corinne H. Dale (ed.)

SUNY Series in Asian Studies Development


Albany, New York: State University of New York Press

Available From: CUP Services
Publication Date: 2004
ISBN: 0-7914-6022-3
Binding: paper
Pages: xxii, 247


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.

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"Dale has put together an impressive collection of essays by both Western and Chinese scholars in the fields of aesthetics and literature, filling an important need for the many teachers and students who are coming to the study of China and its culture for the first time. Interesting, informative, and readable, this is an important work."

Nancy G. Hume
editor of Japanese Aesthetics and Culture: A Reader

"The editor has done an excellent job of assembling readings that cover diverse topics, such as language, poetry, painting, cinema, drama, philosophy, nature, women, self, tradition, and change."

Julien Farland
Middlesex Community College