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Description - Chinese Mythology by Anne M. Birrell

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 addresses issues of source, dating, attribution, textural variations, multiforms, and context. Drawing on work in comparative mythology, she surveys the development of Chinese myth studies, largely in the West; summarizes the contribution of Chinese and Japanese scholars to the study of Chinese myth since the 1920s; and looks at special aspects of traditional approaches to Chinese myth. The result is a guide to the study of Chinese myth for specialists and non-specialists alike.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801861833
ISBN-10: 0801861837
Format: Paperback
(241mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 344
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 7-Apr-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Anne M. Birrell

Anne M. Birrell, whose previous books include Popular Songs and Ballads of Han China and New Songs from a Jade Terrace, has taught Chinese literature at the City University of New York and the University of Cambridge.