The Japanese Discovery of Chinese Fiction: The Water Margin and the Making of a National Canon by William C. Hedberg
English | October 15th, 2019 | ISBN: 0231193343 | 264 pages | EPUB | 11.86 MB
The classic Chinese novel The Water Margin (Shuihu zhuan) tells the story of a band of outlaws in twelfth-century China and their insurrection against the corrupt imperial court. Imported into Japan in the early seventeenth century, it became a ubiquitous source of inspiration for translations, adaptations, parodies, and illustrated woodblock prints. There may be no work of Chinese fiction more important to both the development of early modern Japanese literature and the Japanese imagination of China than The Water Margin.