1 Seeking a Solution for the Nation: The Folklore Movement's Origins at National Peking University
2 Carrying on amidst Chaos: Establishment of Folklore Studies in South China
3 Developing an Excellent Situation: The Spread of the Folklore Movement in China
4 Breaking with the Past: The Folklore Movement in Wartime Conclusion Appendices-- Notes-- Glossary-- Bibliography-- Index.
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The Modern Chinese Folklore Movement burst onto the scene at National Peking University between 1918 and 1926. A group of literary scholars, inspired by Western thought, turned to the study and revitalization of folklore - popular songs, beliefs, and customs - to rally the people around the flag during an era of deep postwar disillusionment. Saving the Nation through Culture opens a new chapter in the world history of the Folklore Movement by exploring the origins and evolution of the discipline's Chinese branch. Gao reveals that intellectuals in the New Culture Movement influenced the founding folklorists with their aim to repudiate Confucianism following the Chinese Republic's failure to modernize the nation. The folklorists, however, faced a unique challenge - advocating for modern academic methods and constructions while upholding folklore as the key to the nation's salvation. Largely unknown in the West and underappreciated in China, the Modern Folklore Movement failed to achieve its goal of reinvigorating the Chinese nation. But it helped establish a modern discipline, promoting a spirit of academic independence that continues to influence Chinese intellectuals today. (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)