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Some Remarks on the Birth of the Chinese Story

Hamar, Imre (2003) Some Remarks on the Birth of the Chinese Story. Acta Orientalia, 56 (2-4). pp. 245-248. ISSN 0001-6446

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Abstract

Chinese short stories and novels differ greatly from their European counterparts. The birth of the Chinese story is closely linked to the development of the Chinese commercial cities, in which their authors, audience and typical figures lived. Historical themes occur frequently, but the real heroes of the stories are people living on the periphery of society: merchants, thieves, and other city-dwellers. The imperial court and high officials only play a limited role. Young scholars and failed examination candidates, on the other hand, make a frequent appearance. The authors of most stories are unknown to us, as the stories have developed for centuries, and their written versions were compiled relatively lately, centuries after the emergence of the original story cycles.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World / történelem > D0 History (General) / történelem általában
P Language and Literature / nyelvészet és irodalom > PI Oriental languages and literatures / keleti nyelvek és irodalmak
Depositing User: Katalin Barta
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2017 12:10
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2017 12:10
URI: http://real.mtak.hu/id/eprint/46603

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