Margaret B. Wan, Ph.D.

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Margaret B.

Margaret B. Wan is Assistant Professor of Chinese Literature in the Department of Languages and Literature, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA. She has published on Chinese fiction, the interaction of Chinese ballad texts and the novel, and local literature, including ‘The Chantefable and the Novel: The Cases of Lü Mudan and Tianbao tu’ in the Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies (2004). Her book ‘Green Peonyand the Rise of the Chinese Martial Arts Novel (State University of New York Press, 2009) illuminates the world of popular fiction, examining a wide range of novels and ballad texts.   She received a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Books by this author

The Interplay of the Oral and the Written in Chinese Popular Literature

Although the interrelationship between oral (or performing) and written traditions in Chinese popular literature is an issue that concerns practically everybody who reads or teaches Chinese literature, surprisingly it has never been properly treated in a scholarly forum before. For that reason alone, this volume is especially important and deserves serious consideration from scholars and students in the field. Through subjects ranging from Ming vernacular fiction to popular prints and contemporary storytelling and folk ballads, this volume examines the interplay of oral and written traditions in China from interdisciplinary perspectives. Literary criticism, linguistic analysis, fieldwork, folklore studies, and visual sources all bring out vital perspectives on central questions.  They offer enquiries into new material and give astonishing responses to old controversies. Packed with highly scholarly and analytical treatments of the issues by contributors well versed in their subject, this well-written volume makes an excellent contribution to the literature in its field.