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Title: Model Letters in Late Imperial China
Subtitle: 60 Selected Epistles from 'Letters from Snow Swan Retreat'
Written By: Dániel Zoltan Kádár
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Chinese Linguistics 07

This volume introduces the reader to the historical Chinese epistolary
corpus, in particular model letters, via sixty translated and thoroughly
annotated letters selected from the Letters from Snow Swan Retreat (雪鴻軒
尺牘). This collection, dating from the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911), became
one of the most influential and renowned manuals for letter writers. The
present book is a groundbreaking work not only because it provides a
translation of this difficult-to-read source, but also because no
single-authored corpus of Chinese letters has been translated into English
to date.

Letters from Snow Swan Retreat is an invaluable source for researchers and
advanced students of Sinology. Furthermore, it is an important material for
historical pragmaticians, historical politeness researchers and other
experts of historical linguistics, with an interest in epistolary activity
across cultures. Finally, the letters presented here are of interest to
‘lay’ readers devoted to Chinese literature due to the enjoyable archaic
style of the translations.

The present book is a useful reference material for student readers: along
with a detailed introduction of the corpus studied, it supplements the
translated texts with three Appendices and a Glossary of epistolary
expression; this Glossary is the most extensive historical Chinese
epistolary glossary that has ever been produced in English.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Ling & Literature
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783929075625
Pages: 242
Prices: Europe EURO 72.00