Chinese Mythology: an Introduction (Paperback)
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Short Description for Chinese Mythology This volume provides English translations of some 300 representative myth narratives selected from over 100 classical texts. Organizing the narratives according to themes and motifs common to world mythology, Anne Birrell surveys the development of Chinese myth studies.
- Published: 26 April 1999
- Format: Paperback 344 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780801861833 ISBN 10: 0801861837
- Sales rank: 551,866
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Full description for Chinese Mythology
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.