Romance of the Three Kingdoms
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Romance of the Three Kingdoms, widely regarded as one of the greatest works of Chinese literature.
Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, widely regarded as one of the greatest works of Chinese literature. Written 600 years ago, it is an historical novel that tells the story of a tumultuous period in Chinese history, the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD. Partly historical and partly legend, it recounts the fighting and scheming of the feudal lords and the three states which came to power as the Han Dynasty collapsed. The influence of Romance of the Three Kingdoms in East Asia has been likened to that of Homer in the West, and this warfare epic remains popular in China today.
Former Lead Curator of Chinese Collections at the British Library
Professor of the History of Art at the University of Oxford
University Lecturer in Modern Chinese Literature at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Wadham College
Producer: Victoria Brignell.
LINKS AND FURTHER READING
Kimberly Besio and Constantine Tung, Three Kingdoms and Chinese Culture (SUNY Press, 2007)
Cyril Cannon, Public Success, Private Sorrow: The Life and Times of Charles Henry Brewitt-Taylor (1857-1938), China Customs Commissioner and Pioneer Translator (Hong Kong University Press, 2009)
Luo Guanzhong (trans. Moss Roberts), Three Kingdoms: A Historical Novel (various publishers)
Valerie Hansen, The Open Empire: A History of China to 1600 (Norton, 2000)
Robert E. Hegel, Reading Illustrated Fiction in Late Imperial China (Stanford University Press, 1998)
Lai Sing Lam, The Romance of the Three Kingdoms and Mao's Global Order of Tripolarity (Oxford University Press, 2011)
Andrew H. Plaks, The Four Masterworks of the Ming Novel (Princeton University Press, 1992)
David L. Rolston (ed.), How to Read the Chinese Novel (Princeton University Press, 1990)
|Interviewed Guest||Frances Wood|
|Interviewed Guest||Craig Clunas|
|Interviewed Guest||Margaret Hillenbrand|