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Bookbeat: December 2015

Early Medieval Chinese Texts

China

Cynthia L Chennault, editor

Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

A guide to primary sources that date from China's early medieval period (late third through sixth centuries) and to later anthologies or reference works concerning them. Ninety-three essays, arranged alphabetically by title, discuss authorship, contents, history of editions, traditional commentaries and assessments, modern scholarship, and translations.

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Animation in China: History, Aesthetics, Media

China

Sean Macdonald

Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

By the turn of the 21st century, animation production has grown to thousands of hours a year in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Despite this, and unlike American blockbuster productions and the diverse genres of Japanese anime, much animation from the PRC remains relatively unknown.

This book is an historical and theoretical study of animation in the PRC. Although the Wan Brothers produced the first feature length animated film in 1941, the industry as we know it today truly began in the 1950s at the Shanghai Animation Film Studio (SAFS), which remained the sole animation studio until the 1980s. Considering animation in China as a convergence of the institutions of education, fine arts, literature, popular culture, and film, the book takes comparative approaches that link SAFS animation to contemporary cultural production including American and Japanese animation, Pop Art, and mass media theory. Through readings of classic films such as Princess Iron Fan, Uproar in Heaven, Princess Peacock, and Nezha Conquers the Dragon King, this study represents a revisionist history of animation in the PRC as a form of "postmodernism with Chinese characteristics."

As a theoretical exploration of animation in the People’s Republic of China, this bookwill appeal greatly to students and scholars of animation, film studies, Chinese studies, cultural studies, political and cultural theory.

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The Cave of the Nymphs at Pharsalus. Studies on a Thessalian Country Shrine

Traveling

Robert S. Wagman

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers (Brill Studies in Greek an Roman Epigraphy 6)

Department of Classics

Cave of the Nymphs at Pharsalus is the first book-length study of one of Greece’s most cited nymph sanctuaries. The volume includes a revised catalog, extensive new commentaries on the cave’s famous inscriptions, and a first-time investigation of the site’s topographical and archaeological layout. Also known as Alogopati or Karapla cave, the Pharsalian shrine holds a special place among ancient nymph caves as the only such site to feature an inscribed poetic chronicle of the shrine’s foundation and its founder, the mysterious nymph worshipper Pantalces. Based on years of fieldwork and archival research, Cave of the Nymphs challenges some commonly held views about the origin of this rock-cut ‘tale’ and offers a fresh perspective for understanding the Pharsalian cave in its proper historical context.

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