Titel: China Studies - A Brief History of Chinese Fiction (Englisch) - 学术中国 - 中国古小说史略 (英文)
Author / Editor: 鲁迅 Lu Xun (著 Autor)，杨宪益 Yang Xianyi，戴乃迭 Dai Naidie (译 Übersetzer)
ISBN: 978-7-119-05750-7, 9787119057507
Series: 学术中国 China Studies
Publisher: Foreign Languages Press-外文出版社
Date of Publication: 2009.08
Number of pages: 437
Dimensions: 15,5 x 23,7 cm
This book was written by Lu Hsun, pioneer and standard-bearer of modern Chinese literature, during the early 1920s. It is a study of the historical development of Chinese fiction from- early myths and legends, down to wall-developed long novels written at the end of the Qing Dynasty.
The characteristics of various forms of fiction through the centuries, the development of these forms and their influence on each other are lucidly presented, while such major works as the novels Hong Lou Meng (A Dream of Red Mansions) and Shui Hu Chuan (Outlaws of the Marsh) are reviewed in detail.
Chinese fiction had its roots in story-telling, and folk literature of this kind was despised by the feudal ruling class. The May 4th Movement of 1919 dealt a mortal blow to the feudal forces in Chinese culture. Then the study of this form of literature began to make headway, Lu Hsun being one of the first to carry out researches in the field. This book, the earliest systematic study of the history of Chinese fiction by a Chinese writer, still exercises a great influence among Chinese scholars.
The English translation is illustrated with reproductions of early Chinese woodcuts.
About the author:
Lu Hsun (1881 - 1936), originally named Zhou Shuren (or Chou Shu-jen), has been considered as one of the most influential Chinese writers and thinkers in the 20th century. He went to Japan to study medicine in 1902, but put down the scalpel and took up the pen four years later, with the hope that art and literature could reform the national spirit of the Chinese people.
In May 1918, for the first time under the pseudonym Lu Hsun (or Lu Xun), he published The Diary of a Madman, the first vernacular fiction in modern Chinese literary history, and thus became a standard beater of the New Culture Movement.
His works mainly consist of fiction and satirical essays. The representative works are: the fiction collections Call to Arms, Wandering and Old Tales Retold; the prose collection Dawn Flowers Plucked at Dusk; and the essay collections Tomb, Bad Luck, Mixed Dialects, And That’s That, etc. Lu Hsun was also a distinguished scholar in the academic field. Works in this regard include A Brief History of Chinese Fiction and Compendia of Chinese Literature History.
Table of Contents.
Preface to the New Edition
1. The Historians' Accounts and Evaluations of Fiction
2. Myths and Legends
3. Works of Fiction Mentioned in "The Han Dynasty History"
4. Fiction Attributed to Hart Dynasty Writers
5. Tales of the Supernatural in the Six Dynasties
6. Tales of the Supernatural in the Six Dynasties (Continued)
7. Social Talk and Other Works
8. The Tang Dynasty Prose Romances
9. The Tang Dynasty Prose Romances (Continued)
10. Collections of Tang Dynasty Tales
11. Supernatural Tales and Prose Romances in the Sung Dynasty
12. Story-Tellers' Prompt-Books of the Sung Dynasty
13. Imitations of Prompt-Books in the Sung and Yuan Dynasties
14. Historical Romances of the Yuan and Ming Dynasties
15. Historical Romances of the Yuan and Ming Dynasties (Continued)
16. Ming Dynasty Novels About Gods and Devils
17. Ming Dynasty Novels About Gods and Devils (Continued)
18. Ming Dynasty Novels About Gods and Devils (Continued)
19. Novels of Manners in the Ming Dynasty
20. Novels of Manners in the Ming Dynasty (Continued)
21. Ming Dynasty Imitations of Sung Stories in the Vernacular
22. Imitations of Classical Tales in the Ching Dynasty
23. Novels of Social Satire in the Ching Dynasty
24. Novels of Manners in the Ching Dynasty
25. Novels of Erudition in the Ching Dynasty
26. Novels About Prostitution in the Ching Dynasty
27. Novels of Adventure and Detection in the Ching Dynasty
28. Novels of Exposure at the End of the Ching Dynasty
The Historical Development of Chinese Fiction
Preface to the Japanese Edition