CHINESE LITERATURE RESEARCH GUIDE
1. Contemporary Chinese Dictionary 現代漢語詞典 Asian Ref PL 1455 .X55x 2002
2. Xinhua Dictionary with English Translation Asian Ref PL 1455 .H365x 2002
3. A New Advanced English-Chinese Dictionary 最新高級英漢詞典 Asian Ref PL 1455 .Z85x 2003 4 vols.
4 . The Chinese-English Dictionary 汉英词典 Asian Ref PL1455 .P4
5. Lin Yutang's Chinese-English Dictionary of Modern Usage Asian Ref PL1455 .L75T3x (Good for popular fiction and 20 th century literature up to 1949)
6 . Matthews' Chinese-English Dictionary Asian Ref PL1455 .M34
Good for classical Chinese, popular fiction and drama, 20 th century literature up to 1949
1. Hanyu da zidian 汉语大字典 Asian Ref PL1420 .H26 1986
2. Hanyu da cidian 汉语大词典 Asian Ref PL1420 .H26 1987
3. Cihai 辞海 Asian Ref PL 1420 .T86 1979
4. Shiyong wenyanwen cidian 實用文言文詞典 Asian Ref PL 1489 .H45x 1994
Online dictionary and other helps
Online Chinese Tools http://www.mandarintools.com
Guides and Handbooks
A Guide to Chinese Literature. Wilt Idema, ed. PL 2271 .I3413 1997
A Selective Guide to Chinese Literature, 1900-1949 . Hum Rel Ref PL2302 .S45 1988
A four-volume guide to Chinese literature from 1900 to 1949: Vol. 1 The Novel; Vol. 2 The Short Story; Vol. 3 The Poem; Vol. 4 The Drama. Each volume begins with an Introduction giving historical and literary background for the discussion and analysis of selective works by important writers that is the bulk of the volume. Works discussed conclude with a bibliography of secondary sources and a list of translations, now dated but still useful.
The Indiana Companion to Traditional Chinese Literature. William H. Nienhauser, ed. 2 vols. Hum Ref PL 2265 .X1 I47 1988
Guide to Chinese Prose. Jordan D. Paper. Hum Ref PL 2257 .X1 P34 1984
Guide to Chinese Poetry and Drama. Richard Lynn. Hum Ref PL 2307 .Xi L34 1984
Background, History, and Criticism
The Columbia History of Chinese Literature. Victor Mair, ed. Hum Ref PL 2265 .C65 2001
Images of Women in Chinese Literature. Li Yu-ning. PL 2275 .W66 I44x 1994 vol. 1
Paradoxes of Traditional Chinese Literature. Eva Hung. PL 2415 .P36 1994
Essays on Chinese Literature: A Comparative Approach. Wong Yoon Wah. PL 2302 .W66 1986
Remembrance: The Experience of the Past in Classical Chinese Literature. Stephen Owen. PL 2265 .O94 1986
Chinese History and Literature: Collection of Studies. Jaroslav Pru š ek. PL 2445 .P7 1970b
Chinese Approaches to Literature from Confucius to Liang Ch’i-chao. Adele Rickett. PL 2272.5 .C5327
Chinese Theories of Literature. James J. Y. Liu. PN 99 .C5 L58
A History of Chinese Literature. Ming Lai. PL 2265 .L33x 1966
An Introduction to Chinese Literature. Wu-chi Liu. PL 2265 .L5
A Short History of Classical Chinese Literature. Y ü an-ch ü n Feng. PL 2264 .F43 1973
Love and Emotions in Traditional Chinese Literature. Halvor Eifring. PL 2262 .L88 2004
Chinese Prose Literature of the Tang Period, A.D. 618-906. E. D. Edwards. PL 2291 .E3 1974
Modern Chinese Literature in the May Fourth Era. Merle Goldman, ed. PL 2253 .M6
Fictional Authors, Imaginary Audiences: Modern Chinese Literature in the Twentieth Century. Bonnie S. McDougall. In Process.
Also look on the library catalog for biographies of, translations of works by, and critical studies of modern Chinese writers: Lu Xun, Mao Dun, Ding Ling, Shen Congwen, Ye Shengtao, Lao She, and so on.
A History of Modern Chinese Fiction C.T.Hsia. PL 2442 .H8 1999
Etching of a Tormented Age: A Glimpse of Contemporary Chinese Literature. Xiao Qian. PL 2265 .X53x 1942
Modern Chinese Literary Thought: Writings on Literature, 1893-1945. Kirk A. Denton, ed. PL 2302 .M63 1996
Chinese Literature in the Second Half of a Modern Century: A Critical Survey Pang-yuan Chi, ed. PL 2303 .C42646 2000
The Uses of Literature: Life in the Socialist Chinese Literary System. E. Perry Link. Pl 2303 .L543 2000
Perspectives in Contemporary Chinese Literature. Mason Y. H. Wang, ed. PL 2658 .E8 P47x 1983
The Lyrical and the Epic: Studies of Modern Chinese Literature. Jaroslav Pru š ek. PL 2302 .P7
China ’s New Literature and Art: Essays and Addresses. Yang Chou. On order.
Chinese Communist Literature. Cyril Birch, ed. PL 2303 .B5 1963
Popular Chinese Literature and Performing Arts in the People’s Republic of China, 1949-1979. Bonnie S. McDougall, ed. NX 583 .A1 P66 1984
Between Fact and Fiction: Essays on Post-Mao Chinese Literature & Society. Kam Louie. PL 2265 .L69x 1989
Blooming and Contending: Chinese Literature in the Post-Mao Era. Michael S. Duke. PL 2303 .D84 1985
After Mao: Chinese Literature and Society, 1978-1981. Jeffrey C. Kinkley, ed. PL 2303 .A28 1985
Chinese Fiction from Taiwan: Critical Perspectives. Jeannette L. Faurot, ed. PL 3031 .T3 S97 1979
Under an imperial sun : Japanese colonial literature of Taiwan and the South
Kleeman, Faye Yuan. PL 889 .T282 K57 2003 2003
Modernism and the nativist resistance : contemporary Chinese fiction from Taiwan.
Chang, Sung-sheng, 1951- PL 3031 .T3 C447 1993
Modernism and the nativist resistance : contemporary Chinese fiction from Taiwan.
Chang, Sung-sheng, 1951- PL 3031 .T3 C447 1993 1993
1. To find Western-language articles, use databases available on the HBLL home page. Go to “ Asian Studies” under All Disciplines, and then search in the following databases:
a. Bibliography of Asian Studies
b. MLA Bibliography
c. ATLA Religion Index
d. Humanities Full Text
Remember, if BYU doesn’t own the journal that the article you want was published in, and no online copy is available, you can use Interlibrary Loan to get a copy of the article. Go to “Interlibrary Loan” on the HBLL home page to register and request a loan. The cost of Interlibrary Loan for journal articles is 10 cents per page.
2. To find articles in Chinese, use the China Online Journals database listed under "Recommended" on the Asian Studies subject page. Search in Chinese. The search page is available in English.
Periodicals that include translations:
Chinese Literature PL2250 .C53x
Chinese Pen PL2250 .C3535
Renditions PL2658 .E1R46
Research in Chinese on Modern Chinese Literature
Lives of Writers:
1. Zhongguo wenxuejia cidian 中国文学家辞典 Asian Ref PL2277 .C62 vol. 1
Volume 1 is Modern Literature, beginning from the May Fourth period. There are two Tables of Contents lists at the beginning of the volume: Authors by surname, arranged by number of strokes (simplified characters) in the surname; (2) Authors by surname, arranged in Pinyin alphabetical order. Each entry gives basic information: the writer’s dates, birthplace and schooling; major works and a summary evaluation from a Marxist perspective; and literary activities and accomplishments.
Remember that our catalog is not yet capable of displaying Chinese characters, so be prepared to figure out the title of a book from its Romanized version. If you do not know Pinyin Romanization, many English-Chinese or Chinese-English dictionaries include a conversion chart at the back of the book. Or you may consult the following online conversion chart from the Library of Congress:
Romanization tables http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/roman.html
To find the writings of a certain author:1. Look up by author's name in Chinese order on the library catalog, using Pinyin Romanization. By looking at the list of titles that comes up, you will be able to deduce a general call number for the author. This will help you browse the shelves in the Asian Collection and locate books by and about the writer.
Lu Xun (Chou Shu-jen) Asian Chinese PL 2754 .S5
Xu Dishan Asian Chinese PL 2765 .U28
Lao She (Shu Qingchun) Asian Chinese PL 2804 .C5
Li Jianwu PL 2780 .C5 A6
2. The Asian Collection has reprint collections of several of the important journals published by literary societies of the early twentieth century. Look at the Tables of Contents of the journals to find articles by writers you are interested in. The Chinese Periodicals section of the Asian Collection comes right after the Japanese books and before the Chinese books, going from east to west.
Xin qingnian 新青年 Chinese Periodicals AP 95 .C5H85x
Chuang zao 创造 C hinese Periodicals PL 2250 .C46x
Xin yue 新月 Chinese Periodicals PL 2250 .H78x
Hong shui 洪水 Chinese Periodicals PL 2250 .H87x
To find critical writings in Chinese about an author:
1. Look for books in the catalog
a. Search for a title beginning with the author's name:
Do a Browse Alphabetical search for the name and click Title.
This type of search will result in some titles that will include critical studies, such asLu xun hou qi si xiang yan jiu 鲁迅后期思想研究b. Some modern Chinese writers have had "Research Materials” collections compiled for them. To find out if the author you are studying has one, do a Browse Alphabetical search for Title beginning with the author’s name and then “yan jiu zi liao”
Asian Chinese PL2754 .S5 Z7742 1984
Li Jianwu chuang zuo ping lun xuan ji 李建武创作评论选集
Asian Chinese PL 2780 .C5 A6 1982
Xu Tishan dai biao zuo 许地山代表作
Asian Chinese PL 2765 .U28 A6 1987b
Lao She xiao shuo xin lun 老舍小说新论
Asian Chinese PL 2804 .C5 Z97 1995Example: Lao She yan jiu zi liaoThese “research materials” collections include both biographical information and critical writings and are very useful.
2. Look for articles in the Chinese Academic Journals database, as explained above.
3. Browse the shelves on fifth floor in the call number section for modern Chinese literature, PL2740-PL2833.
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