Chinese Mythology: An Introduction by Anne M. BirrellChinese Mythology: An Introduction by Anne M. Birrell

Chinese Mythology: An Introduction

byAnne M. Birrell

Paperback | April 7, 1999

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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.

Anne M. Birrell, whose previous books include Popular Songs and Ballads of Han China and New Songs from a Jade Terrace, has taught Chinese literature at the City University of New York and the University of Cambridge.
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Title:Chinese Mythology: An IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:344 pages, 9.5 × 6 × 0.81 inPublished:April 7, 1999Publisher:Johns Hopkins University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801861837

ISBN - 13:9780801861833

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This is the perfect resource for teaching about Chinese myth, literature, history, religion, culture and thought. In Chinese Mythology, Anne Birrell provides English translations of some 300 representative myth narratives from more than 100 classical texts. Birrell addresses issues of source, dating, attribution, textural variants, multiforms and context. As well, readers learn about the development of Chinese myth studies in the West and the contribution of Chinese and Japanese scholars to the study of Chinese myth since the 1920s.

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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.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.