Literary Topics


  • Four-, Five- and Seven-Character Poetry
     Four-, five- and seven-character poetry are the most common forms of Chinese traditional poetries.Of the three forms, four-character poetry came to being at the earliest time. Feng(The Book of Songs) and Ya(Odes and Epics) of Shijing(Book of Poetry) are...
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  • Chinese Proverbs Derived from the Novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms
    Romance of the Three Kingdoms is one of four most classic novels of China. In this novel there are hundres of impressive figures and their stories are told from generation to generastion. Besides the famous stories, many Chinese proverbs in use today are...
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  • Exposure Novels of Ancient China
    With the strong development of Reform Movements, the voices of reforming literature grew louder. Exposure novels, represented by Li Boyuan's (1867-1906) The Bureaucrat: A Revelation and Wu Yanren's (1866-1910) Strange Events for the Last Twenty Years,...
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  • Eight Great Scholars between Tang and Song Dynasties
    The Eight Great Writers of the Tang and Song dynasties (618-1279) are Han Yu and Liu Zong Yuan in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Ouyang Xiu, Zeng Gong, Wang Anshi, Su Xun, Su Shi and Su Che in the Song Dynasty (960-1279).This special term first appeared in the...
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  • Du Shiniang: Ancient Chinese Love Story
    During the reign of Emperor Wan Li of the Song Dynasty, the capital assumed an appearance of peace and prosperity. Business of brothels was brisk. The Yicui Yuan Brothel did the best because of its star courtesan Du Shiniang.The daughter of a Ming off icial,...
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  • Chinese Poetry: the Birth of Literature
    Poetry is the earliest form of Chinese literature that originated from folk songs before the written Chinese language even existed. The earliest anthology of ancient poems, Shi Jing (Book of Poetry), which is prized by scholars for its literary and...
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  • Chinese Mythology
    China is an old nation, and its ancient mythology is very rich and colorful. Pre-Qin books such as Shan Hai Jing (The Classic of Mountains and Seas), Zuo Zhuan (The Zuo Commentaries), Guoyu (The Discourses of the States) and Chu Ci (Poetry of the Chu...
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  • Chinese Literature
     China is the only country in the world with a literature written in one language for more than 3,000 consecutive years. This continuity results largely from the nature of the written language itself. It is the use of characters, not letters as in...
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  • Chinese Literary Icon Ba Jin and His "Family"
     Ba Jin (巴金, penname of Li Yaotang or Li Feigan, born November 25, 1904) is a writer considered to be one of the most important and widely read amongst Chinese writers of the twentieth century. Taking his pseudonym from Russian anarchists Bakunin and...
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  • Chengyu/Chinese idioms
     Chengyu (simplified Chinese: 成语; pinyin: chéngyǔ, lit. "set phrases") are a type of traditional Chinese idiomatic expressions, most of which consist of four characters. Chengyu were widely used in Classical Chinese and are still common in vernacular...
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