McLaren, Anne E
The discovery of eleven chantefable (cihua) texts in a tomb outside
Shanghai in 1967 is of considerable significance to the study of early
vernacular fiction in China. These cihua (or stories in song and
prose) are unique examples of a genre which has disappeared, although
examples of the later more literary, "imitation" cihua, such as
The Golden Lotus Cihua, are familiar to students in the field.
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