A Brief History of Chinese Fiction

A Brief History of Chinese Fiction Lu Hsun pioneer and standard bearer of modern Chinese literature wrote this book during the early twenties It is a study of the historical development of Chinese fiction from early myths and legends

  • Title: A Brief History of Chinese Fiction
  • Author: Lu Xun Gladys Yang
  • ISBN: 9780917056635
  • Page: 228
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Lu Hsun, pioneer and standard bearer of modern Chinese literature, wrote this book during the early twenties It is a study of the historical development of Chinese fiction from early myths and legends down to well developed long novels written at the end of the Ching Dynasty The characteristics of various forms of fiction through the centuries, the development of these fLu Hsun, pioneer and standard bearer of modern Chinese literature, wrote this book during the early twenties It is a study of the historical development of Chinese fiction from early myths and legends down to well developed long novels written at the end of the Ching 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 Hung Lou Meng A Dream of Red Mansions and Shue Hu Chuan Water Margin are reviewed in detail Chinese fiction had its roots in story telling, and the feudal ruling class despised folk literature of this kind 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 research in this 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 This English translation is illustrated with reproductions of early Chinese woodcuts.

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    1. Lu Xun Gladys Yang

      Lu Xun or Lu Hs n Wade Giles , was the pen name of Zhou Shuren September 25, 1881 October 19, 1936 , a leading figure of modern Chinese literature Writing in Vernacular Chinese as well as Classical Chinese, Lu Xun was a novelist, editor, translator, literary critic, essayist, and poet In the 1930s he became the titular head of the League of Left Wing Writers in Shanghai from For the Chinese profile, please click here.

    449 thoughts on “A Brief History of Chinese Fiction”

    1. I didn't think I needed another book on Chinese literature because I have so many, but when I found this one I had to buy it because it was Lu Hsun (Lu Xun) and I'm SO glad I did. This is not simply another collection of Chinese literature but rather looks at the development of Chinese fiction from the legends and tales of The classic of mountain and seas (shanhaijing) to the beginning of the 19th century. Xun leaves out the philosophy and the plays and instead focuses on stories. He discusses a [...]


    2. A really good introduction to Chinese literature. Not to in-depth and detailed that someone with no prior knowledge of the topic would be lost. However, despite the author's claim that it is only a "brief outline" ("Preface to the New Edition"), this book does give the reader informative historical, contextual, interpretative, biographical, and textual knowledge that is useful for understanding and appreciating the genres and works of Chinese fiction.


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