Cover image for The Indiana companion to traditional Chinese literature, volume 2
The Indiana companion to traditional Chinese literature, volume 2
Nienhauser, William H.
Publication Information:
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
xxxv, 547 pages ; 26 cm
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
PL2264 .I6 1998 V.2 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

On Order



""A vertitable feast of concise, useful, reliable, and up-to-dateinformation (all prepared by top scholars in the field), Nienhauser's now two-volumetitle stands alone as THE standard reference work for the study of traditionalChinese literature. Nothing like it has ever been published."" --Choice

The second volume to The Indiana Companion to TraditionalChinese Literature is both a supplement and an update to the original volume. VolumeII includes over 60 new entries on famous writers, works, and genres of traditionalChinese literature, followed by an extensive bibliographic update (1985-1997) ofeditions, translations, and studies (primarily in English, Chinese, Japanese, French, and German) for the 500+ entries of Volume I.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

This excellent guide to Chinese literature before 1911 opens a world previously accessible only to trained specialists. The result of seven years' work by nearly 200 scholars around the world with funding from a number of sources, it is a stunning example of what careful coordination of effort and painstaking editorial supervision can achieve. Nienhauser (Wisconsin) and his associate editors, Charles Hartman (SUNY, Albany), Y.W. Ma (Hawaii) and Stephen H. West (Arizona), have put together a work that at once summarizes the current state of knowledge about traditional Chinese literature for the general reader and student of comparative literature; at the same time it provides a useful tool for researchers in the field. Ten analytical essays on major types of literature give overviews of each genre and survey trends in scholarship. More than 500 signed essays on authors, works, genres, styles, movements, and other topics constitute the main body of the work. Excellent selected bibliographies of editions, translations, and studies accompany each essay. Indexes for names, titles, and subjects are included. More cross-references, especially for popular variant names of authors (e.g., Su Tung-p'o) would have been helpful for nonspecialists. Some topics are hard to find because they are treated as subdivisions of larger essays (e.g., Lao-tzu, Chuang-tzu). These are very minor criticisms, however, of a work that far surpasses anything now available. Recommended for academic and large public libraries.-M.H. Donovan, The Ohio State University