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IV.A.3.b. Encyclopedias of Literature

The following, an international collaborative effort, is the most extensive encyclopedia of Chinese literature in English.
(W) Ref PL2264.Z99 I53 1986x
LoC: Z3108.L5 I53 1986
The Indiana Companion to Traditional Chinese Literature.
William H. Nienhauser, Jr. ed. and comp.
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1986. 1050 p.

The following authoritative Chinese encyclopedia of Chinese literature is arrranged by stroke count. There is also a subject index and an alphabetical index.
R5209/7235 (1-8) Chung-kuo wen-hsueh tz'u-tien
(Encyclopedia of Chinese literature).
T'ien-chin: Jen-min ch'u-pan-she, 1991.
8 vols. 6427 p.

The following five-volume work covers in separate sections writers and literary groups, writings, literary styles, famous lines, etc.
5209/2173 (1-5) Chung-kuo ku-tai wen-hsueh tz'u-tien
(Dictionary of Chinese ancient literature).
Wang Li 王力 et al.
Vol 1. Kuang-hsi jen-min, 1986.
Vol II-IV. Kuang-hsi chiao-yü, 1989.

The following one-volume work has 5700 entries on major writers, writings, literary schools, styles, allusions, famous lines, etc. It is arranged by stroke count; there is an alphabetical index to the entry headings.
5209/1829 Chung-kuo ku-tai wen-hsueh tz'u-tien
(Dictionary of Chinese ancient literature).
Chia Ch'uan-t'ang 賈傳棠 et al. comp.
Peking: Wen-hsin ch'u-pan-she, 1987. 83 and 975 p.

The Dictionary of Chinese Traditional Fiction covers different genres of fiction (zhiguai 志怪, yishi 佚史, chuanqi 傳奇 and other forms). It includes short title descriptions of extant vernacular and classical stories. It is divided into two sections on vernacular and classical stories. The first part listing vernacular stories is further subdivided into short and long stories. The classical stories are listed in chronological order.
Ref (C) PL2415.C578 1986
LoC: PL2416 .C53 1982 China
Zhongguo lidai xiaoshuo cidian
(Dictionary of Chinese traditional fiction).
Volume 2: Song, Yuan, and Ming.
Hou Zhongyi 侯忠義
Kunming: Yunnan renmin chubanshe, 1993.

For shih poetry the following is useful. Most of the work is devoted to separate essays on 1253 poems by 253 Sung authors. The bibliographies, chronology, and indexes to titles and lines make this a reference work as well.
5214.5/7255 Song shi jianshang cidian
(Guide to Song shi poetry).
Miao Yue 缪钺
Shanghai: Shanghai cishu chubanshe, 1987. 1610 p.

The following is also important for shih poetry. Included are an index to the titles of the poems discussed; maps of the peregrinations of Su Shih, Huang T'ing-chien, Lu Yu, and Fan Ch'eng-ta; a list of Sung anthologies; an index to Sung literary collections; a listing of biographical sources, shih-hua, Japanese translations and modern Chinese annotated editions; a table of rhymes; and an account with charts of the bureaucratic system before and after 1082.
J5214.5/8644 Sō shi kanshō jiten
[Sung shih chien-shang tz'u-tien]
(Guide to Sung shih poetry).
Maeno Naoaki 前野直彬
Tokyo: Tōkyōtō shuppan, 1977. 422 p.

This encyclopedia of T'ang and Sung tz'u is somewhat typical of the many literary encyclopedias that have appeared. A description of its contents follows.
(C) PL2336.T4 1990
LoC: PL2336 .T4 1990 China
T'ang Sung tz'u pai-k'o ta-tz'u-tien
(Encyclopedia of T'ang and Sung tz'u).
Wang Hung 王洪 et al. comp.
Peking: Hsueh-yuan ch'u-pan-she, 1990. 167, 1482 p. Revised ed., 1997.

Detailed table of contents (167 p.) listing all items in each of the sixteen sections.
1. Terms (yü-tz'u 語詞): pp. 1-280. Ordered alphabetically.
2. Allusions (tien-ku典故), pp. 281-551. Ordered alphabetically.
3. Domestic research, pp 552-634, covering researchers and scholarly studies, arranged chronologically, and academic debates.
4. Foreign research, pp. 635-733, covering general studies, studies of tz'u poets, methodology, and specialists.
5. Texts (tien-chi 典籍), pp. 734-813, listing individual collections and anthologies.
6. Criticism (mei-hsueh 美學), pp. 814-851, covering critics in chronological order, works of criticism in chronological order, and critical terminology.
7. Selected tz'u criticism (tz'u-hua chi-chin 詞話集錦) , pp. 852-943. General comment on each poet and criticism of specific tz'u.
8. Anecdotes (tz'u-t'an i-shih 詞壇軼事), pp. 944-964.
9. Music (yin-yueh 音樂), pp. 965-1010. On the classifications of music, temperament, musical scores, styles and composition methods, and forms of performance.
10. Religion (tsung-chiao 宗教), pp. 1011-1034.Religious figures and terms in tz'u.
11. Customs (min-su 民俗), pp. 1035-1110. References to material culture in tz'u.
12. Official titles, pp. 1111-1136.
13. General knowledge, pp. 1137-1188. Common tz'u tunes titles.
14. T'ang and Sung tz'u poets (T'ang-Sung tz'u-jen 唐宋詞人), pp. 1189-1233. Biographies.
15. Analyses of some entire tz'u (tz'u-tso p'ing-tien 詞作評點), pp. 1234-1324.
Detailed analyses of famous lines (ming-chü ching-hsi 名句精析), pp. 1325-1342.

There is also a series of indexes: to prefaces and postscripts of T'ang-Sung tz'u collections, to books of essays on tz'u and tools for studying tz'u published on the mainland, and to articles in Chinese about T'ang-Sung tz'u studies. A select bibliography of foreign studies is appended. There is a stroke-count index to topic headings in sections 1-6 and 9-14.
The following has essays on 700 tz'u poems by 213 authors, a chronology, bibliographies, indexes, and a full set of tz'u patterns.
5577/4809 Sung tz'u chien-shang tz'u-tien
(Guide to Sung tz'u poetry).
Ho Hsin-hui 賀新輝 ed.
Peking: Pei-ching Yen-shan ch'u-pan-she, 1987. 1394 p.

Of similar scope are the following:
LoC: PL2343 .S87 1990 China Sung tz'u ta tz'u-tien
(Great dictionary of Sung tz'u).
Chang Kao-k'uan 張高寬 et al.
Shenyang: Liao-ning jen-min ch'u-pan-she, 1990. 1131 p.
  Song ci jianshang cidian
(Great dictionary of Song ci)
Xia Chengtao 夏承焘
Shanghai: Shanghai cishu chubanshe, 2003.
  Song ci da cidian
(Great dictionary of Song ci)
Wang Zhaopeng 王兆鹏, Liu Zunming 刘尊明
Nanjing: Fenghuang chubanshe, 2003.

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