Best Chinese Literary Criticism Books

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1. Mandarin Vocabulary (Quick Study Academic)

Author: by Inc. BarCharts
Published at: QuickStudy; Bilingual edition (May 28, 2008)
ISBN: 978-1423204213

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This 6-page guide provides vocabulary essentials for students, travelers and businesspeople. Divided into tables that show the Mandarin character (ideogram), the pinyin (Mandarin transliterated into the Latin alphabet) and the English translation for every vocabulary word/phrase covered, this guide is both comprehensive and user-friendly.

2. Japanese Character Writing Practice Book: Genkouyoushi Paper Notebook: Kanji Characters | Cursive Hiragana and Angular Katakana Scripts | Improve Writing with Square Guides

Author: by Ink Designs
Published at: Independently published (October 6, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1697988031

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Japanese Character Writing Practice Book Features:Large size 8. 5 x 11 inchesHigh quality sturdy glossy finish coverPrinted on both sides110 pages good quality crisp white paper 11 x 20 graphing squares per page (square : 0.5 x 0.5 inch)

3. Nineteen Ways of Looking at Wang Wei

Author: by Eliot Weinberger
Published at: New Directions; Reprint edition (October 11, 2016)
ISBN: 978-0811226202

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A new expanded edition of the classic study of translation, finally back in print The difficulty (and necessity) of translation is concisely described in Nineteen Ways of Looking at Wang Wei, a close reading of different translations of a single poem from the Tang Dynastyfrom a transliteration to Kenneth Rexroth’s loose interpretation.

As Octavio Paz writes in the afterword, Eliot Weinberger’s commentary on the successive translations of Wang Wei’s little poem illustrates, with succinct clarity, not only the evolution of the art of translation in the modern period but at the same time the changes in poetic sensibility.

4. The Monkey and the Monk: An Abridgment of The Journey to the West

Author: by Anthony C. Yu
Published at: University of Chicago Press; 1st edition (November 15, 2006)
ISBN: 978-0226971568

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Anthony C.Yu’s celebrated translation of The Journey to the West reinvigorated one of Chinese literature’s most beloved classics for English-speaking audiences when it first appeared thirty years ago. Yu’s abridgment of his four-volume translation, The Monkey and the Monk, finally distills the epic novel’s most exciting and meaningful episodes without taking anything away from their true spirit.

These fantastic episodes recount the adventures of Xuanzang, a seventh-century monk who became one of China’s most illustrious religious heroes after traveling for sixteen years in search of Buddhist scriptures. Powerfully combining religious allegory with humor, fantasy, and satire, accounts of Xuanzang’s journey were passed down for a millennium before culminating in the sixteenth century with The Journey to the West.

Now, readers of The Monkey and the Monk can experience the full force of his lengthy quest as he travels to India with four animal disciples, most significant among them a guardian-monkey known as the Great Sage, Equal to Heaven.

5. Zuo Tradition / Zuozhuan: Commentary on the "Spring and Autumn Annals" (Classics of Chinese Thought)

Author: by Stephen Durrant
Published at: University of Washington Press; Bilingual edition (July 1, 2016)
ISBN: 978-0295999159

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Zuo Tradition (Zuozhuan; sometimes called The Zuo Commentary) is China’s first great work of history. It consists of two interwoven texts – the Spring and Autumn Annals (Chunqiu, a terse annalistic record) and a vast web of narratives and speeches that add context and interpretation to the Annals.

Completed by about 300 BCE, it is the longest and one of the most difficult texts surviving from pre-imperial times. It has been as important to the foundation and preservation of Chinese culture as the historical books of the Hebrew Bible have been to the Jewish and Christian traditions.

It has shaped notions of history, justice, and the significance of human action in the Chinese tradition perhaps more so than any comparable work of Latin or Greek historiography has done to Western civilization. This translation, accompanied by the original text, an introduction, and annotations, will finally make Zuozhuan accessible to all.

6. Chinese Bestiary

Author: by Strassberg
Published at: University of California Press; Illustrated edition (November 4, 2008)
ISBN: 978-0520298514

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A Chinese Bestiary presents a fascinating pageant of mythical creatures from a unique and enduring cosmography written in ancient China. The Guideways through Mountains and Seas, compiled between the fourth and first centuries B.C.E., contains descriptions of hundreds of fantastic denizens of mountains, rivers, islands, and seas, along with minerals, flora, and medicine.

The text also represents a wide range of beliefs held by the ancient Chinese. Richard Strassberg brings the Guideways to life for modern readers by weaving together translations from the work itself with information from other texts and recent archaeological finds to create a lavishly illustrated guide to the imaginative world of early China.

Unlike the bestiaries of the late medieval period in Europe, the Guideways was not interpreted allegorically; the strange creatures described in it were regarded as actual entities found throughout the landscape. The work was originally used as a sacred geography, as a guidebook for travelers, and as a book of omens.

7. The Hall of Uselessness: Collected Essays (New York Review Books (Paperback))

Author: by Simon Leys
Published at: NYRB Classics; Reprint edition (July 30, 2013)
ISBN: 978-1590176207

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An NYRB Classics OriginalSimon Leys is a Renaissance man for the era of globalization. A distinguished scholar of classical Chinese art and literature and one of the first Westerners to recognize the appalling toll of Mao’s Cultural Revolution, Leys also writes with unfailing intelligence, seriousness, and bite about European art, literature, history, and politics and is an unflinching observer of the way we live now.

The Hall of Uselessness is the most extensive collection of Leys’s essays to be published to date. In it, he addresses subjects ranging from the Chinese attitude to the past to the mysteries of Belgium and Belgitude; offers portraits of Andr Gide and Zhou Enlai; takes on Roland Barthes and Christopher Hitchens; broods on the Cambodian genocide; reflects on the spell of the sea; and writes with keen appreciation about writers as different as Victor Hugo, Evelyn Waugh, and Georges Simenon.

Throughout, The Hall of Uselessness is marked with the deep knowledge, skeptical intelligence, and passionate conviction that have made Simon Leys one of the most powerful essayists of our time.

8. The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P'ing Mei: Vol. 1, The Gathering

Author: by David Tod Roy
Published at: Princeton University Press (March 17, 1997)
ISBN: 978-0691016146

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The first volume of a celebrated translation of the classic Chinese novelThis is the first volume in David Roy’s celebrated translation of one of the most famous and important novels in Chinese literature. The Plum in the Golden Vase or, Chin P’ing Mei is an anonymous sixteenth-century work that focuses on the domestic life of Hsi-men Ch’ing, a corrupt, upwardly mobile merchant in a provincial town, who maintains a harem of six wives and concubines.

The novel, known primarily for its erotic realism, is also a landmark in the development of the narrative art formnot only from a specifically Chinese perspective but in a world-historical context. With the possible exception of The Tale of Genji (1010) and Don Quixote (1615), there is no earlier work of prose fiction of equal sophistication in world literature.

Although its importance in the history of Chinese narrative has long been recognized, the technical virtuosity of the author, which is more reminiscent of the Dickens of Bleak House, the Joyce of Ulysses, or the Nabokov of Lolita than anything in the earlier Chinese fiction tradition, has not yet received adequate recognition.

9. The Analects (Oxford World's Classics)

Author: by Confucius
Published at: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (August 1, 2008)
ISBN: 978-0199540617

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Few individuals have shaped their country’s civilization more profoundly than the Master Kong, better-known as Confucius (551-479 BC). His sayings and those of his disciples form the foundation of a distinct social, ethical, and intellectual system. They have retained their freshness and vigor throughout the two and a half millennia of their currency, and are still admired even in today’s China.

This lively new translation offers clear explanatory notes by one of the foremost scholars of classical Chinese, providing an ideal introduction to the Analects for readers who have no previous knowledge of the Chinese language and philosophical traditions. About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World’s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe.

Each affordable volume reflects Oxford’s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

10. Genuine Pretending: On the Philosophy of the Zhuangzi

Author: by Hans-Georg Moeller
Published at: Columbia University Press (October 17, 2017)
ISBN: 978-0231183994

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Genuine Pretending is an innovative and comprehensive new reading of the Zhuangzi that highlights the critical and therapeutic functions of satire and humor. Hans-Georg Moeller and Paul J. D’Ambrosio show how this Daoist classic, contrary to contemporary philosophical readings, distances itself from the pursuit of authenticity and subverts the dominant Confucianism of its time through satirical allegories and ironical reflections.

With humor and parody, the Zhuangzi exposes the Confucian demand to commit to socially constructed norms as pretense and hypocrisy. The Confucian pursuit of sincerity establishes exemplary models that one is supposed to emulate. In contrast, the Zhuangzi parodies such venerated representations of wisdom and deconstructs the very notion of sagehood.

Instead, it urges a playful, skillful, and unattached engagement with socially mandated duties and obligations. The Zhuangzi expounds the Daoist art of what Moeller and D’Ambrosio call genuine pretending: the paradoxical skill of not only surviving but thriving by enacting social roles without being tricked into submitting to them or letting them define one’s identity.

11. Genkouyoushi Notebook: for Kanji & Kana Scripts, 10×20 Grid + Furigana Boxes, Hiragana and Katakana Writing Practice, Learn how to Write Workbook & Journal

Author: by The Genkouyoushi Notebook Company
Published at: Independently published (July 5, 2020)
ISBN: 979-8663963152

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The Original Genkouyoushi ‘Manuscript Paper’ Notebook – for Kanji & Kana Writing Practice or NotesOur No. 1 Standard 10×20 Grid Manuscript – featuring a feint box for Furigana. This carefully designed Kanji workbook has 110 pages of genkouyoushi paper (, “manuscript paper”) for writing practice or making notes in Japanese.

Each of the cells can accommodate a single Japanese character or punctuation mark, with space to the right side for Furigana. Additional guides across these squares assist in forming the characters accurately. Ideal for people of all ages and skill levels, whether learning to write in Japanese or those who simply want a notebook to write in Japanese.

This is the perfect self-study aid for popular reference books such as Japanese from Zero! (one of our favourites!.Format: 8.5 x 11 inches (0. 5 inch cells)110 Pages of Kanji PaperLuxurious soft matte protective coverPrinted on FSC-Sourced white paperMade in the USA!

12. Chinese Characters with Associations: Easily Memorize 300 Chinese Characters through Pictures (HSK Level 2) (Black & White Edition)

Author: by Lusine Torosyan
Published at: Independently published (March 20, 2020)
ISBN: 979-8601723473

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Also available in Spanish and Italian:Caracteres Chinos con AsociacionessCaratteri Cinesi con AssociazioniBlack & White versionSome Chinese characters are very simple and are made of just a few strokes, while others are made of other simpler characters, which are called radicals.

Radicals are simple characters that combine to create compound Chinese characters. They have various meanings and can usually help you to understand the meaning and the pronunciation of compound characters. There are around 200 radicals in the Chinese language; therefore some people compare those radicals with letters or the roots of words.

This book focuses on the above-mentioned idea. Here, all the characters are broken into radicals to help you perceive Chinese characters as logical compounds, each representing a part of Chinese history, culture, and philosophy. The book will also show you how each character is used in sentences and phrases.

Some characters come along with short grammatical explanations and cultural facts. Most of the character associations in this book have no etymological value, that is, they do not show how the character originated. The associations are made by the author for the sole purpose of remembering how to write the characters.

13. The Clouds Should Know Me By Now: Buddhist Poet Monks of China

Author: by Red Pine
Published at: Wisdom Publications (November 1, 1998)
ISBN: 978-0861711437

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This unique collection presents the verse, much of it translated for the first time, of fourteen eminent Chinese Buddhist poet monks. Featuring the original Chinese as well as english translations and historical introductions by Burton Watson, J.P. Seaton, Paul Hansen, James Sanford, and the editors, this book provides an appreciation and understanding of this elegant and traditional expression of spirituality.”So take a walk with…

These cranky, melancholy, lonely, mischievous poet-ancestors. Their songs are stout as a pilgrim’s stave or a pair of good shoes, and were meant to be taken on the great journey.”-Andrew Schelling, from his Introduction