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T'an-Tz'u andT'an-Tz'u nArratives

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This study represents a first attempt to draw attention to the existence of two distinct genres within the corpus of texts commonly labelled t'an-tz'u. It is a call for detailed research into the largely overlooked genre of t'an-tz'u narrative. Evidence has been given that formidable confusion concerning these works in verse and prose clouds even present-day scholarship and literary criticism. Clear distinctions exist between the development of t'an-tz'u scripts as they have come down to us within the art of Chinese storytelling, and the narratives by known authors whose conscious embrace of t'an-tz'u form imbued literary works having much in common with Chinese novels with a Dickensian mass-appeal.

Affiliations: 1: Wellesley College, Massachusetts


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