The Alter Ego Perspectives of Literary Historiography

A Comparative Study of Literary Histories by Stephen Owen and Chinese Scholars

  • Min Wang

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Min Wang
    Pages 1-8
  3. Min Wang
    Pages 171-175
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 177-184

About this book


Min Wang’s book is a unique contribution to Chinese studies. Starting with a detailed survey of dozens of histories of Chinese literature authored in the past century by Chinese, Japanese, and Western scholars, she applies a highly sophisticated analysis to what she calls “literary historiography.” She proceeds in the bulk of the book to a close consideration of Stephen Owen’s particular innovations in this field, focusing on an abundance of specific textual examples. This book sets a new standard for literary meta-history in Sinology.


Paul W. Kroll

Professor of Chinese

University of Colorado


Paul W. Kroll

Professor of Chinese

University of Colorado


Chinese literary history Literary historiography Sinology

Authors and affiliations

  • Min Wang
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of East Asian LanguagesHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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