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Narrative Literature
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1. Narrative Literature in Pre-Modern Times

In ancient China, literary forms such as anecdotes, fairytales and stories about miracles, as well as later the novella, were not considered part of high literature. However, according to what is known about narrative traditions from even before Han times, there must have existed a rich treasure of narrative literature about everyday even…

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Schmidt-Glintzer, Helwig, “Narrative Literature”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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