Handbook of Chinese Popular Culture

Handbook of Chinese Popular Culture

Handbook of Chinese Popular Culture

Handbook of Chinese Popular Culture

Synopsis

Chinese popular culture is extremely diverse and richly complex. The 18 chapters in this reference provide the most comprehensive and current bibliographical and descriptive study of Chinese popular culture in English. Each chapter, written by an expert contributor, provides a thorough survey of research materials and an overview of the most significant points of critical concern. The extensive closing bibliography provides references for topics not treated in the volume.

Excerpt

China, the most populous nation-state, has one of the oldest continuous civilizations on earth. Necessarily, then, its popular culture as much as its high culture, and probably more so, is extremely diverse and richly complex. It would be naive to believe that any single-volume study could possibly discuss such a popular culture in its entirety without being too heavy to lift. What a single reference volume can do is to provide a detailed and complete study of various aspects of that culture. This Handbook of Chinese Popular Culture provides the most comprehensive and up-to-date bibliographical and descriptive study of a wide range of popular culture subjects available in English. For the subjects treated in depth in its eighteen chapters, it provides a comprehensive survey of research materials as well as an overview of the major features and points of critical concern for each topic. The extensive selected bibliography at the end of the book also provides references for other subjects that could not be taken up in detail within this single volume.

The study of cultural tradition and popular culture reveals the complexity and fluidity of culture, as co-editor Wu Dingbo has elucidated in his introductory chapter. Such study requires careful and serious research to understand its character and development, and the relations of its various aspects. For decades, scholars around the world have done much work describing and interpreting Chinese popular culture. As the latest effort in that ongoing project, this book provides a balanced treatment of popular culture in many of its major manifestations as observed by a variety of scholars from China, the United States, and Canada. The chapters in this handbook, representing as they do a great diversity of views and backgrounds, have one thing in common: They all seek to explain what Chinese popular culture is. By analyzing the major features of various manifestations of that culture, they all contribute to our understanding of Chinese . . .

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