Oral Literature and Print Culture in China: Some Recent Scholarship

in East Asian Publishing and Society
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This study offers a critical analysis of recent Western scholarship on issues of orality and print culture in China of the late imperial period, with a particular focus on the development of written Chinese vernacular(s) and the social impact of these vernaculars in print. It is concluded that recent scholarship is marked by a heightened sensitivity to the medium in which the ‘text’ is transmitted, as either oral, written, or printed, and the potential for ongoing interaction between these forms.



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