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    DescriptionIn Chinese Mythology, Anne Birrell provides English translations of some 300 representative myth narratives selected from over 100 classical texts, many of which have never before been translated into any Western language. Organizing the narratives according to themes and motifs common to world mythology, Birrell addresses issues of source, dating, attribution, textural variants, multiforms, and context. Drawing on exhaustive work in comparative mythology, she surveys the development of Chinese myth studies, summarizes the contribution of Chinese and Japanese scholars to the study of Chinese myth since the 1920s, and examines special aspects of traditional approaches to Chinese myth. The result is an unprecedented guide to the study of Chinese myth for specialists and nonspecialists alike.


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    Title
    Chinese Mythology
    Subtitle
    an Introduction
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Anne Birrell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 344
    Width: 160 mm
    Height: 231 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780801861833
    ISBN 10: 0801861837
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.7
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
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    Libri: I-SO
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
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    BISAC V2.8: REL024000
    DC21: 398.20951
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    B&T Approval Code: A13280000
    BIC subject category V2: 1FPC
    DC22: 299.51
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: JBGB, NHC, QRRL
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    10 b&w illus.
    Publisher
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Imprint name
    JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Publication date
    26 April 1999
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    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.
    Review quote
    The first serious and comprehensive introduction to Chinese mythology aimed at both the specialist and general reader. It is splendidly organized with well-chosen texts, lucid commentary, and useful supplementary matter... Sets new standards in the presentation of Chinese mythology. Asian Affairs We must all thank Professor Birrell for providing an incredibly bountiful source, containing all manner of practical and fascinating information within its framework of myths. This book should find many uses and readers-it is a superb resource for teaching about Chinese myth, literature, history, religion, culture, and thought. -- Suzanne Cahill The Journal of Asian Studies One can safely expect to see this volume in all libraries that serve educated general readers as well as even the most modest academic libraries. Anne Birrell is to be congratulated for bringing this arcane subject matter into the grasp of a wide variety of readers outside the China-studies area. -- Robert E. Hegel Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews