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Contemporary Chinese Short-Short Stories

Contemporary Chinese Short-Short Stories

A Parallel Text (bilingue ch-ang)


MU Aili


Columbia University Press

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Paru le : 01 Octobre 2017
Pages : 528
EAN 13 : 9780231181532

Coup de coeur du libraire
Textes parallèles chinois-anglais
L'Université de Columbia vous présente une toute nouvelle édition de textes parallèles bilingues chinois-anglais. Ce volume de presque 500 pages contient une trentaine de nouvelles courtes communément appelées en chinois 小小说.

Chaque nouvelle est classée dans l'une des neuf catégories thématiques (amour, identité, mariage, piété etc.) et est accompagnée par un lexique bilingue avec pinyin et un exemple d'emploi par entrée.

Vous allez également y trouver la biographie des auteurs et des questions concernant les textes à la fin de chaque nouvelle.

Le tout est accompagné d'un petit dictionnaire en fin d'ouvrage qui ravira tous les amoureux de la littérature chinoise que ce soit pour découvrir des textes jusqu'à présent jamais traduits ou pour enrichir son propre vocabulaire.
This book presents Chinese short-short stories in English and Chinese, integrating language learning with cultural studies for intermediate to advanced learners of Mandarin Chinese and students of contemporary Chinese literature. Each chapter begins with a critical introduction, followed by two or more stories in parallel Chinese and English texts; each story is followed by a vocabulary list, discussion questions, and a biography of the author.

The chapters are organized around central concepts in Chinese culture such as li (ritual), ren (benevolence), mianzi (face/prestige), being filial, and the dynamics of yin and yang, as well as the themes of governance, identity, love, marriage, and change. The stories selected are short-shorts by important contemporary writers ranging from the most literary to everyday voices. Specifically designed for use in upper-level Chinese language courses, Contemporary Chinese Short-Short Stories: A Parallel Text offers students a window onto China today and pathways to its traditions and past as they gain language competence and critical cultural skills.


Aili Mu is associate professor of Chinese in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Iowa State University. She is a cotranslator of Loud Sparrows: Contemporary Chinese Short-Shorts (Columbia, 2006).

Mike Smith is associate professor of English at Delta State University. He is the author of Byron in Baghdad (2012) and the translator of Faust: A Tragedy (2012).



1. Li and Ren
Skull Shave, by Zhao Xin
“Star” Grandma, by Liu Zhenyun
Catharsis, by Nie Xinsen

2. Xiao
Father Makes the Lantern, by Chi Zijian
Little She, by Han Shaogong
Money Order, by Bai Xuchu
Heaven-Bound, but After Summer, by Mo Zhongbai

3. Yin-Yang
Two Minds, by Wang Qionghua
Cuilan's Love, by Li Lingling
Forever by Your Side, by Wu Zhongzheng

4. Governance
The Stone-Paving Project, by Zhou Bo
The Clear Pond, by Cai Nan
Big Sweet Potatoes, by Zeng Ping

5. Identity
Auntie, by Yu Shengli
Brothers, by Zhou Tao
The Love of Her Life, by Shi Tiesheng
Water in the Well, by Gao Huaichang

6. Face
A Golden Rain, by Wu Nianzhen
Face, by Wei Yonggui
At the Teahouse, by Chen Yong
Chickens Hate Pecked Faces, by Liu Xinwu

7. (Romantic) Love
Little Heartaches, by Zhao Yu
Fake Love Letter, by Zou Jingzhi
A Gentleman's Love, by Wang Kuishan
Give Him Peace, by An Shiliu

8. Marriage
Mary Zhang, by Xing Hua
The Cost of Marriage, by Zhao Yu
Missing Zhang Meili, by Ye Zhongjian
The Mint's Invitation, by Tian Shuangling

9. Changes
Future, by Wang Meng
Unknowable Possibilities, by Ge Fei

Pinyin Vocabulary Index
English Vocabulary Index
How to Use This Parallel Text to Teach Chinese Language and Culture