Throughout the history of ancient Chinese novel development, the writing style presents an increasingly pluralistic pattern as novel concepts and written forms evolve. Because no definitive theories exist for the stylistic awareness of short popular novels, writing conventions, and writing language, research on vernacular novels warrants improvement. The purpose of this study was to examine how the characteristics of ancient Chinese novels evolved over time, to clarify the relationship between ＂Bai-guan novel＂(稗官小說) and ＂popular vernacular novel＂(白話通俗小說), and to elucidate the cultural identity of ＂Yanyi＂ (演義) and heighten the awareness of writing conventions. We focused on five novels written in the late Ming dynasty of China (i.e., San-Yan and Er-Pai) and developed a discourse from three aspects: (a) unraveling the developmental process of ancient Chinese novel concepts and clarifying the characteristics of ＂Yanyi＂ writing, (b) examining and analyzing the writing awareness and language attributes of ＂Yanyi＂(演義)from the perspective of ＂Unofficial History＂(野史), (c) identifying the characteristics of style in the short ＂Yanyi＂ of San-Yan and Er-Pai as a paradigm from the perspective of traditional historian biographies. We hope that the results of this study can serve as a reference for modifying and supplementing deficiencies in traditional vernacular novels and providing a theoretical basis for discussions on ancient Chinese popular novels.
|Translated title of the contribution||The Relationship Between ＂Unofficial History＂(野史)and ＂Yanyi＂(演義) -Focusing on San-Yan(三言)and Er Pai(二拍)|
|Original language||Chinese (Traditional)|
|Number of pages||31|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
- ＂Unofficial History,＂(野史)
- ＂Bai-guan novel＂(稗官小 說)
- San-Yan (三言)