In this "guided" anthology, experts lead students through the major genres and eras of Chinese poetry from antiquity to the modern time. The volume is divided into 6 chronological sections and features more than 140 examples of the best shi, sao, fu, ci, and qu poems. A comprehensive introduction and extensive thematic table of contents highlight the thematic, formal, and prosodic features of Chinese poetry, and each chapter is written by a scholar who specializes in a particular period or genre. Poems are presented in Chinese and English and are accompanied by a tone-marked romanized version, an explanation of Chinese linguistic and poetic conventions, and recommended reading strategies. Sound recordings of the poems are available online free of charge. These unique features facilitate an intense engagement with Chinese poetical texts and help the reader derive aesthetic pleasure and insight from these works as one could from the original. The companion volume How to Read Chinese Poetry Workbook presents 100 famous poems (56 are new selections) in Chinese, English, and romanization, accompanied by prose translation, textual notes, commentaries, and recordings.
Contributors: Robert Ashmore (Univ. of California, Berkeley); Zong-qi Cai; Charles Egan (San Francisco State); Ronald Egan (Univ. of California, Santa Barbara); Grace Fong (McGill); David R. Knechtges (Univ. of Washington); Xinda Lian (Denison); Shuen-fu Lin (Univ. of Michigan); William H. Nienhauser Jr. (Univ. of Wisconsin); Maija Bell Samei; Jui-lung Su (National Univ. of Singapore); Wendy Swartz (Columbia); Xiaofei Tian (Harvard); Paula Varsano (Univ. of California, Berkeley); Fusheng Wu (Univ. of Utah)
Zong-qi Cai is professor of Chinese and comparative literature at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of The Matrix of Lyric Transformation: Poetic Modes and Self-Presentation in Early Chinese Pentasyllabic Poetry (Michigan, 1996) and Configurations of Comparative Poetics: Three Perspectives on Western and Chinese Literary Criticism (Hawai'i, 2002), and is the editor of A Chinese Literary Mind: Culture, Creativity, and Rhetoric in Wenxin dialong (Stanford, 2001) and Chinese Aesthetics: The Ordering of Literature, the Arts, and the Universe in the Six Dynasties (Hawai'i, 2004).
Thematic Contents A Note on How to Use This Anthology Acknowledgments Major Chinese Dynasties List of Symbols Introduction: Major Aspects of Chinese Poetry Zong-qi Cai Part 1 Pre-Qin Times 1. Tetrasyllabic Shi Poetry: The Book of Poetry (Shijing) William H. Nienhauser 2. Sao Poetry: The Lyrics of Chu (Chuci) Fusheng Wu Part 2 The Han Dynasty 3. Fu Poetry: An Ancient-Style Rhapsody (Gufu) David R. Knechtges 4. Shi Poetry: Music Bureau Poems (Yuefu) Jui-lung Su 5. Pentasyllabic Shi Poetry: The "Nineteen Old Poems" Zong-qi Cai Part 3 The Six Dynasties 6. Pentasyllabic Shi Poetry: Landscape and Farmstead Poems Wendy Swartz 7. Pentasyllabic Shi Poetry: New Topics Xiaofei Tian Part 4 The Tang Dynasty 8. Recent-Style Shi Poetry: Pentasyllabic Regulated Verse (Wuyan Lushi) Zong-qi Cai 9. Recent-Style Shi Poetry: Heptasyllabic Regulated Verse (Qiyan Lushi) Robert Ashmore 10. Recent-Style Shi Poetry: Quatrains (Jueju) Charles Egan 11. Ancient-Style Shi Poetry: A Revival Paula Varsano Part 5 The Five Dynasties and the Song Dynasty 12. Ci Poetry: Short Song Lyrics (Xiaoling) Maija Bell Samei 13. Ci Poetry: Long Song Lyrics (Manci) Xinda Lian 14. Ci Poetry: Long Song Lyrics on Objects (Yongwu Ci) Shuen-fu Lin 15. Shi Poetry: Ancient and Recent Styles Ronald Egan Part 6 The Yuan, Ming, and Qing Dynasties 16. Qu Poetry: Song Poems (Sanqu) of the Yuan Dynasty Xinda Lian 17. Shi Poetry of the Ming and Qing Dynasties Grace S. Fong 18. A Synthesis: Rhythm, Syntax, and Vision of Chinese Poetry Zong-qi Cai Phonetic Transcriptions of Entering-Tone Characters Abbreviations of Primary Texts Contributors Glossary-Index