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Chinese Studies: Chinese Literature

A guide to resources for the study of China

NOTE: This page is a work in progress. Improvements to content and format are forthcoming.

Anthologies of Chinese Literature in English Translation

• An Anthology of Chinese Literature: Beginnings to 1911 (Owen, ed.) 

  PL 2658 .E1 A814 1996

First Floor Social Science Stacks

• Chinese Civilization: A Sourcebook (Ebrey, ed.)

  DS 721 .C517 (1981)


Poetry of Du Fu 杜甫 (712–770), 6 vols., 2015 (Stephen Owen, trans.)

Late Imperial Fiction (Master Works)

Sanguo zhi yanyi 三國志演義 (Romance of the Three Kingdoms)

Shuihu zhuan 水滸傳 (The Water Margin)

Xiyou ji 西遊記 (Journey to the West)

Honglou meng 紅樓夢 (Dream of the Red Mansions)

Rulin waishi 儒林外史 (Scholars)

Premodern Chinese Literature

Early Medieval China bibliographic guideEarly Medieval Chinese Texts: A Bibliographic Guide  Published: 2015 A guide to over 90 influential primary sources from the period of political disunity (220–589 AD), including essential works of literature, religion, history, and philosophy. The essays are arranged alphabetically by title and contain valuable information on authorship, contents, history of editions, modern scholarship, and translations. It is located in the Asian Reference Stacks on the 4th floor. (Having trouble finding it? Visit 4523 HBLL).

 General Literary History:

• 中国诗歌通史 Zhongguo shige tongshi [Comprehensive History of Chinese Poetry] 10 vols. (2012)

 PL 2307 .Z456x 2012

Information on Individual Texts and Authors​

• Ancient and Early Medieval Chinese Literature: A Reference Guide, 4 vols. (2014)

 HUM REF PL 2265 .A63 2010

Dictionary of Literary Biography  

• Vol. 358:  "Classical Chinese Writers of the Pre-Tang Period" (Curtis Smith, ed.) 2011

HUM REF PN 451 .A6 vol.358

Modern Chinese Literature

Dictionary of Literary Biography  

• Vol. 312: "Asian American Writers" (Deborah Madsen, ed.) 2005

  HUM REF PN 451 .A6 vol.312 also Online

• Vol. 328: “Chinese Fiction Writers 1900–1949” (Thomas Moran, ed.) 2007

  HUM REF PN 451 .A6 vol.328 also Online

• Vol. 370: "Chinese Fiction Writers, 1950–2000" (Thomas Moran and Ye Xu, eds.) 2013

  HUM REF PN 451 .A6 vol.370 also Online

Influential Authors of Modern Chinese Fiction