Publisher description for A guide to Chinese literature / by Wilt Idema and Lloyd Haft.


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Selected for Choice's list of Outstanding Academic Books for 1997.
A comprehensive overview of China's 3,000 years of literary history, from its beginnings to the present day. After an introductory section discussing the concept of literature and other features of traditional Chinese society crucial to understanding its writings, the second part is broken into five major time periods (earliest times to 100 c.e. 100-1000 1000-1875 1875-1915 and 1915 to the present) corresponding to changes in book production. The development of the major literary genres is traced in each of these periods. The reference section in the cloth edition includes an annotated bibliography of more than 120 pages the paper edition has a shorter bibliography and is intended for classroom use.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Chinese literature History and criticism, Chinese literature Bibliography