Tun-huang Popular Narratives by Victor H. MairTun-huang Popular Narratives by Victor H. Mair

Tun-huang Popular Narratives

byVictor H. Mair

Paperback | July 23, 2007

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Tun-huang Popular Narratives presents authoritative translations of four vernacular Chinese stories, taken from fragmentary texts usually referred to as pien-wen or 'transformation texts'. Dating from the late T'ang (618-907) and Five Dynasties (907-959) periods, the texts were discovered early last century in a cave at Tun-huang, in Chinese Central Asia. However, written down in an early colloquial language by semi-literate individuals and posing formidable philological problems, the texts have not been studied critically before. Nevertheless they represent the only surviving primary evidence of a widespread and flourishing world of popular entertainment during these centuries. The tales deal with both religious (mostly Buddhist) and secular themes, and make exciting and vivid reading.
Title:Tun-huang Popular NarrativesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:340 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.71 inPublished:July 23, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521039835

ISBN - 13:9780521039833


Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Preface; Introduction; 1. Śāriputra; 2. Maudgalyāyana; 3. Wu Tzu-hsü; 4. Chang I-ch'ao; Usages and symbols; Notes on the texts; References; Index.