Green Peony and the Rise of the Chinese Martial Arts Novel

Green Peony and the Rise of the Chinese Martial Arts Novel Book Reviews / T’oung Pao 98 (2012) 270-294 291 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2012 DOI: 10.1163/156853212X637281 Green Peony and the Rise of the Chinese Martial Arts Novel . By Margaret B. Wan. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2009. x + 235 pp.  e fi rst page of Margaret Wan’s monograph gestures at “the martial arts novel” in terms that seem to echo the transhistorical, Chinese-universalist rhetoric so often attaching itself to wuxia xiaoshuo 㬎ᾈ⮷婒 in fan forums and academic discussions alike:  e martial arts novel is the most widely read genre of Chinese fi ction today, avidly consumed throughout the Chinese-speaking world and beyond. As essentially the only genre of traditional popular fi ction to have survived beyond the imperial era in China, it is the oldest genre of Chinese popular fi ction still being written. (p. 1) By the end of the fi rst chapter, however, Wan has circumscribed a far more con- crete and consequently far more signifi cant object of investigation. Over the course of this chapter she deals briefl y with the fi gure of the martial hero as the thematic core of the tradition; assigns to the notoriously http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png T'oung Pao Brill

Green Peony and the Rise of the Chinese Martial Arts Novel

T'oung Pao, Volume 98 (1-3): 291 – Jan 1, 2012

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© 2012 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0082-5433
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10.1163/156853212X637281
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Book Reviews / T’oung Pao 98 (2012) 270-294 291 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2012 DOI: 10.1163/156853212X637281 Green Peony and the Rise of the Chinese Martial Arts Novel . By Margaret B. Wan. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2009. x + 235 pp.  e fi rst page of Margaret Wan’s monograph gestures at “the martial arts novel” in terms that seem to echo the transhistorical, Chinese-universalist rhetoric so often attaching itself to wuxia xiaoshuo 㬎ᾈ⮷婒 in fan forums and academic discussions alike:  e martial arts novel is the most widely read genre of Chinese fi ction today, avidly consumed throughout the Chinese-speaking world and beyond. As essentially the only genre of traditional popular fi ction to have survived beyond the imperial era in China, it is the oldest genre of Chinese popular fi ction still being written. (p. 1) By the end of the fi rst chapter, however, Wan has circumscribed a far more con- crete and consequently far more signifi cant object of investigation. Over the course of this chapter she deals briefl y with the fi gure of the martial hero as the thematic core of the tradition; assigns to the notoriously

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