In this Book

University of Hawai'i Press
summary
The oral factor in Chinese literature, although critically important, has been largely neglected in the scholarship of the last generation. In this study, one of the leading specialists in classical Chinese literature introduces readers to a repertoire of seventy-seven songs and ballads of early imperial China. Each song-text is newly translated and fully annotated and explicated. Anne Birrell deals systematically with problems of the earliest sources, attribution, textual variants, meter, and structure. Her introductory essay provides a valuable sociohistorical context for this material. First published in 1988, this important study of the folk song has become standard reading for students of oral literature and Chinese folklore and popular culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Half-Title Page
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. Contents
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  1. Chronological Table
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  1. Foreword
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  1. Map
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Chapter One: Hymns
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  1. Chapter Two: Fables in Verse
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  1. Chapter Three: The Elixir of Life
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  1. Chapter Four: Carpe Diem
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  1. Chapter Five: Burial Songs
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  1. Chapter Six: Political Broadsides
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  1. Chapter Seven: Anti-war Ballads and Songs
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  1. Chapter Eight: Domestic Drama
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  1. Chapter Nine: Homeward Thoughts
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  1. Chapter Ten: Love Songs
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  1. Chapter Eleven: The Ideal Home and Perfect Marriage
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  1. Appendix I: Shen Yüeh’s Four Categories of Melodic Pieces
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  1. Appendix II: Kuo Mao-ch’ien’s Twelve Categories of Yüeh-fu
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  1. Appendix III: Earliest Sources of Han Yüeh-Fu Cited
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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  1. Back Cover
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780824880354
MARC Record
OCLC
1053883873
Launched on MUSE
2018-09-19
Open Access
Yes
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