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The Oral Tradition of Yangzhou Storytelling (review)

The Oral Tradition of Yangzhou Storytelling (review) Features 17 Vibeke Bordahl. The Oral Tradition ofYangzhou Storytelling. Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Monograph Series, No. 73. Richmond: Curzon Press, 1996. xxxii, 497 pp. Hardcover £60.00, isbn 0-7007-0436-1. Vibeke Bordahl is a researcher in Chinese dialectology and oral literature, teaching at Oslo University's Institute of East European and Oriental Studies. Her studies of the Yangzhou dialect, as well as of Yangzhou pinghua, the art of storytelling, have extended over twenty years. In the West there are not many who study Chinese dialects, and even fewer who study the art of storytelling. Both in China and in the West it was only in the 1930s that a beginning was made in the study of Chinese storytelling (shuoshu): Chen Ruheng published his Shuoshu xiao shi (A short history of [Chinese] storytelling) in Shanghai in 1936--the first work in this field--and in the early 1930s Jaroslav PrûSek in Prague began to study the origins of Chinese storytelling. The early research in the field was mainly concerned with the storytellers of the Song dynasty (shuohuaren) and the relation between "storybook" fiction (huaben xiaoshuo) and early storytelling (shuohua). Not much attention was given to contemporary traditional storytelling. This situation changed during the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png China Review International University of Hawai'I Press

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Features 17 Vibeke Bordahl. The Oral Tradition ofYangzhou Storytelling. Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Monograph Series, No. 73. Richmond: Curzon Press, 1996. xxxii, 497 pp. Hardcover £60.00, isbn 0-7007-0436-1. Vibeke Bordahl is a researcher in Chinese dialectology and oral literature, teaching at Oslo University's Institute of East European and Oriental Studies. Her studies of the Yangzhou dialect, as well as of Yangzhou pinghua, the art of storytelling, have extended over twenty years. In the West there are not many who study Chinese dialects, and even fewer who study the art of storytelling. Both in China and in the West it was only in the 1930s that a beginning was made in the study of Chinese storytelling (shuoshu): Chen Ruheng published his Shuoshu xiao shi (A short history of [Chinese] storytelling) in Shanghai in 1936--the first work in this field--and in the early 1930s Jaroslav PrûSek in Prague began to study the origins of Chinese storytelling. The early research in the field was mainly concerned with the storytellers of the Song dynasty (shuohuaren) and the relation between "storybook" fiction (huaben xiaoshuo) and early storytelling (shuohua). Not much attention was given to contemporary traditional storytelling. This situation changed during the

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Published: Mar 30, 1998

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