By Liangyan Ge
The radical Water Margin (Shuihu zhuan), China's earliest full-length narrative in vernacular prose, first seemed in print within the sixteenth century. the story of 108 bandit heroes developed from an extended oral culture; in its novelized shape, it performed a pivotal function within the upward thrust of chinese language vernacular fiction, which flourished through the past due Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) classes. Liangyan Ge's multidimensional learn considers the evolution of Water Margin and the increase of vernacular fiction opposed to the historical past of the vernacularization of premodern chinese language literature as an entire. This slow and onerous method, because the ebook exhibits, was once pushed by means of sustained touch and interplay among written tradition and well known orality.