Book — 1 online resource (xix, 197 pages) : illustrations
Yangzhou storytelling and the old town of Yangzhou (20 mins)-- Dai Buzhang in performance (10 mins)-- Fei Zhengliang in performance (10 mins-- Gao Zaihua in performance (10 mins)-- Ren Jitang in performance (10 mins).
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Offering access to and bringing alive unique materials on the Chinese storytelling traditions, this volume has its origins in a project which recorded on film 360 hours of performances by the four masters of Yangzhou storytelling Dai Buzhang, Fei Zhengliang, Gao Zaihua and Ren Jitang. Sets of these films have been deposited (in Washington D.C., Taipei, Beijing and Copenhagen) to give future scholars access to the unique material. The purpose of Four Masters is twofold: first, as a guide to the collections; second, with its introductory chapters, teller autobiographies, performances, catalogue entries and film material, it stands as an independent and valuable contribution to research in Asian oral traditions. With all text appearing in both English and Chinese and with its subject matter brought alive by a wealth of photographs plus a 60-minute film on VCD, this volume promises to be a classic work in its field. Useful for students of Chinese culture by serving as a bilingual guide to the great masterworks of the Chinese novel (Three Kingdoms, Water Margin, and Journey to the West). (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Preface-- Contributors-- Notes to the Reader-- Introduction (Vibeke BA rdahl and Margaret B. Wan)--
1. Jin Ping Mei and the Art of Storytelling (Andre Levy)--
2. In Search of a 'Common Storehouse of Convention': Narrative Affinities between Shuihu zhuan and the Judge Bao cihua Cluster (Liangyan Ge)--
3. Audiences and Reading Practices for Qing Dynasty Drum Ballads (Margaret B. Wan)--
4. Storytelling, Stock Phrases and Genre Conventions: The Case of 'Wu Song Fights the Tiger' (Vibeke BA rdahl)--
5. Folk Epics from the Lower Yangzi Delta Region: Oral and Written Traditions (Anne E. McLaren)--
6. Chinese Performing Arts and Popular Prints (Boris Riftin)-- Bibliography-- Index.
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Although the interrelationship between oral (or performing) and written traditions in Chinese popular literature is an issue that concerns practically everybody who reads or teaches Chinese literature, surprisingly it has never been properly treated in a scholarly forum before. For that reason alone, this volume is especially important and deserves serious consideration from scholars and students in the field. Through subjects ranging from Ming vernacular fiction to popular prints and contemporary storytelling and folk ballads, this volume examines the interplay of oral and written traditions in China from interdisciplinary perspectives. Literary criticism, linguistic analysis, fieldwork, folklore studies, and visual sources all bring out vital perspectives on central questions, offering enquiries into new material and giving astonishing responses to old controversies. (source: Nielsen Book Data)