Ph.D., Dr.Phil. Vibeke Børdahl

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Vibeke Børdahl, Ph. D., Dr. Phil., senior researcher at NIAS, specialises in Chinese oral literature and dialectology.  Her recent research is concerned with the interplay of oral and written traditions in Chinese popular literature and performance culture.

Her book-length studies and edited volumes include Along the Broad Road of Realism.  Qin Zhaoyang’s World of Fiction, The Oral Tradition of Yangzhou Storytelling, The Eternal Storyteller, Oral Literature in Modern China, Chinese Storytellers- Life and Art in the Yangzhou Tradition, Four Masters of Chinese Storytelling- Full Length Repertoires of Yangzhou Storytelling on Video, The Interplay of the Oral and Written in Chinese Popular Literature.

Books by this author

Han Xin’s Challenge

A Tale of the Founding of the Western Han

Western Han

A Yangzhou Storyteller’s Script

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Wu Song Fights the Tiger

The Interaction of Oral and Written Traditions in the Chinese Novel, Drama and Storytelling

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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.


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Four Masters of Chinese Storytelling

Full-length Repertoires of Yangzhou Storytelling on Video

This volume offers access to and brings alive unique materials on the Chinese storytelling traditions.With all text appearing in both English and Chinese and with its subject matter brought alive by a wealth of photographs plus 60-minute film on VCD, this volume promises to be a classic work in its field.