1st Edition

Chinese Narratology II Ancient and Modern

By Yang Yi Copyright 2024
    202 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    As the second volume of a two-volume set on Chinese narratology, this title investigates the quintessential characteristics of the Chinese narrative style, with a focus on image and perspective.
    The first chapter introduces two opposing concepts of perspective: “focalization” and “blind spot,” to connect “perspective” with traditional aesthetics, highlighting the mutual relation of the nonexistent and the existent. The author believes that both the narrator and perspective are central to the narrative forms and strategies adopted by Chinese writers and that study of the narrator and perspective is integral to understanding the cultural, aesthetic, and philosophical connotations of the narrative text and the spiritual world of the author. Drawing on perceptual phenomenology, the chapter on image broadens the extant knowledge of “image” and points out that image narration is unique to Chinese narratology and central to Chinese aesthetics. The final chapter illustrating the achievements of influential critics of classical Chinese novels, proving that these critics have contributed to the canonization of the genuine masterpieces of Chinese narrative literature.
    The book is a must-read for scholars and students interested in narrative theory, Chinese culture and literature, and dialogue between Chinese and Western narratological studies.

    1. On Narrative Perspective  2. On Image  3. On Commenters


    Yang Yi (杨义) is a research fellow and doctoral supervisor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) and a CASS member. His research fields include the interaction of Chinese literature and culture, Chinese narratology, poetics of Chinese literature, and Chinese cultural thought.