May 31, 2010
May 31, 2010
The book provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive survey of the genre of Tang tales in English, including discussions of the numerous Chinese studies from the last decade. Tang Tales itself contains the first annotated translations of these famous stories, which are deciphered and interpreted specifically for students and scholars interested in the medieval Chinese literature. Following the model of intertextual readings employed by Glen Dudbridge in The Tale of Li Wa (Oxford, 1983), the annotation points to the resonances to the classical texts; the translator's notes following each translation then explain how these references expand the meaning of the text.In addition to six translations of the major tales (chuanqi, ?transmitting the strange?), there is also a rendition of a fantastic tale by Liu Zongyuan, suggesting close ties with popular and oral literature. The appended glossary of terms marks the first attempt to create such a reference for readers and scholars of Tang tales that will be of use in reading other tales as well.The meticulous scholarship of this book elevates it above all existing collections of these stories, and the inclusion of the standard introduction to the Tang tales for graduate students and researchers engenders a deeper appreciation.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Classics
- Language: English
- Author: William H. Nienhauser
- Online Item #: 12362767
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-45-1185
- ISBN: 9789814287289
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported