Spirit and Self in Medieval China: The Shih-Shuo Hsin-Yu and Its Legacy. Nanxiu Qian.

Spirit and Self in Medieval China: The Shih-Shuo Hsin-Yu and Its Legacy

University of Hawaii Press, 2001. Item #45903
ISBN: 9780824823979

In this ambitious volume, Xian (Chinese Literature, Rice University) has undertaken a reconsideration of one of the monuments of Chinese literature, which he frames within the themes of character and identity. The genre of Shih-shuo , as this developed over subsequent centuries, is analyzed with documentation and examination of more than thirty imitations. The mores and politics of early medieval China are an important subtext to Xian's analysis.

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