Tőkei Ferenc: Genre theory in China in the IIIrd-VIth centuries. Liu Hsish's theory on poetic genres - Bibliotheca orientalis Hungarica 15. (Budapest, 1971)

В Шг :*Ш e pvippp^l ЩШя P-ч i i i в I ВИТИ FERENC TÖKEI I |рШ|| 1 íj I I fl МИ ''ЖШмИМЁЯШ;. ' 1 • ^^Ит11 * [Ту ПI ii! П1 пТП ГНт í £ДИВж.1 AKADÉMIAI KIADÓ, BUDAPEST F. TŐKEI GENRE THEORY IN CHINA IN THE 3rd 6th CENTURIES (Bibliotheca orientalis Hungarica XV) The author, expert of China’s past, analyzes in this book the famous trea­tise Wen-hsin tiao-lung, written at about the turn of the 5th—6th centuries by Liu Hsieh, one of China’s most prominent literary theoreticians. After a thor­ough study of the histori­cal social backgrounds of the 3rd to 6th centuries, the reader is presented a sketch of the germs of aesthetic interest prior to the 3rd century, and the be­ginnings of the Chinese liter­ary genre theory in the time of the Ts'ao family and in the work of Ts'ao P’i. Having shown the anteced­ents and Liu Hsieh’s life and career, the author dis­closes Liu Hsieh’s views on poetic, i.e. par excellence literary genres of Chinese literature: wen, written either in verse or prose; and he points out Liu Hsieh’s, term t’ung-pien to be one of the peaks of Chinese logics and literary theory, i.e. to be a term expressing the discovery of the genre’s peculiar position between literature in general and in­dividual literary works. AKADÉMIAI KIADÓ BUDAPEST