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Chinese Mythology : An Introduction - Anne M. Birrell

Chinese Mythology

An Introduction

Paperback

Published: 7th April 1999
For Ages: 22+ years old
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"We must all thank Professor Birrell for providing an incredibly bountiful source, containing all manner of practical and fascinating information within its framework of myths. This book should find many uses and readers -- it is a superb resource for teaching about Chinese myth, literature, history, religion, culture, and thought." -- Suzanne Cahill, "The Journal of Asian Studies"

In "Chinese Mythology," Anne Birrell provides English translations of some 300 representative myth narratives selected from over 100 classical texts, many of which have never before been translated into any Western language. Organizing the narratives according to themes and motifs common to world mythology, Birrell addresses issues of source, dating, attribution, textural variants, multiforms, and context. Drawing on exhaustive work in comparative mythology, she surveys the development of Chinese myth studies, summarizes the contribution of Chinese and Japanese scholars to the study of Chinese myth since the 1920s, and examines special aspects of traditional approaches to Chinese myth. The result is an unprecedented guide to the study of Chinese myth for specialists and nonspecialists alike.

"Goes far beyond anything in or out of print on this subject. Nothing remotely of this stimulating nature and high quality exists in English. It will be very much sought after by sinologists, but especially by non-sinologist comparativists. Birrell has singlehandedly saved the scholarly world at least a decade in its attempts to come to grips with this fragmented, refractory body of narratives... A] marvelous work of humanistic scholarship." -- Victor H. Mair, University of Pennsylvania

"The first serious and comprehensive introduction to Chinese mythology aimed at both the specialist and general reader. It is splendidly organized with well-chosen texts, lucid commentary, and useful supplementary matter... Sets new standards in the presentation of Chinese mythology." " -- Asian Affairs"

"One can safely expect to see this volume in all libraries that serve educated general readers as well as even the most modest academic libraries. Anne Birrell is to be congratulated for bringing this arcane subject matter into the grasp of a wide variety of readers outside the China-studies area." -- Robert E. Hegel, "Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews"

The first serious and comprehensive introduction to Chinese mythology aimed at both the specialist and general reader. It is splendidly organized with well-chosen texts, lucid commentary, and useful supplementary matter... Sets new standards in the presentation of Chinese mythology. Asian Affairs We must all thank Professor Birrell for providing an incredibly bountiful source, containing all manner of practical and fascinating information within its framework of myths. This book should find many uses and readers-it is a superb resource for teaching about Chinese myth, literature, history, religion, culture, and thought. -- Suzanne Cahill Journal of Asian Studies One can safely expect to see this volume in all libraries that serve educated general readers as well as even the most modest academic libraries. Anne Birrell is to be congratulated for bringing this arcane subject matter into the grasp of a wide variety of readers outside the China-studies area. -- Robert E. Hegel Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews

ISBN: 9780801861833
ISBN-10: 0801861837
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 7th April 1999
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 15.2  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.48