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The Columbia Anthology of Chinese Folk and Popular Literature
Author: Victor H. Mair

ISBN: 9780231153126
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 800
Published: 3 March 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5 x 3.6
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In The Columbia Anthology of Chinese Folk and Popular Literature, two of the world's leading sinologists, Victor H. Mair and Mark Bender, capture the breadth of China's oral-based literary heritage. This collection presents works drawn from the large body of oral literature of many of China's recognized ethnic groupsincluding the Han, Yi, Miao, Tu, Daur, Tibetan, Uyghur, and Kazakand the selections include a variety of genres. Chapters cover folk stories, songs, rituals, and drama, as well as epic traditions and professional storytelling, and feature both familiar and little-known texts, from the story of the woman warrior Hua Mulan to the love stories of urban storytellers in the Yangtze delta, the shaman rituals of the Manchu, and a trickster tale of the Daur people from the forests of the northeast. The Cannibal Grandmother of the Yi and other strange creatures and characters unsettle accepted notions of Chinese fable and literary form. Readers are introduced to antiphonal songs of the Zhuang and the Dong, who live among the fantastic limestone hills of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region; work and matc...

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