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Mair, Victor H. 1943-

Works: 203 works in 682 publications in 4 languages and 21,100 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  Short stories  History  Literature  Essays  Drama  Musical texts  Poetry  Reference works 
Roles: Editor, Author, Translator, Other, Contributor, Honoree, htt, win, edi, Publishing director
Classifications: PL2722.U2, 398.20951
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Most widely held works about Victor H Mair
Most widely held works by Victor H Mair
The Columbia history of Chinese literature by Victor H Mair( )

22 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,234 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Begins with the linguistic and intellectual foundations of Chinese literature and moves successively through verse, prose, fiction, drama, and commentary and criticism; it then closes with popular and peripheral manifestations. A special feature is the focus on such contextual subjects as the history of popular culture, the effect of religion upon literature, the role of women, and relationships with non-Sinitic languages and peoples
The shorter Columbia anthology of traditional Chinese literature by Victor H Mair( )

10 editions published between 2000 and 2012 in English and held by 1,895 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Admirers of the monumental two-volume original edition of Victor H. Mair's Columbia Anthology of Traditional Chinese Literature have long clamored for a shorter, more affordable version. In response, Columbia University Press now offers an abridged volume, which, like the original, includes selections of Chinese literature from the beginnings to 1919
The Columbia anthology of Chinese folk and popular literature by Mark Bender( )

15 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,663 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Columbia Anthology of Chinese Folk and Popular Literature, two of the world's leading sinologists, Victor H. Mair and Mark Bender, capture the breadth of China's oral-based literary heritage. This collection presents works drawn from the large body of oral literature of many of China's recognized ethnic groups --including the Han, Yi, Miao, Tu, Daur, Tibetan, Uyghur, and Kazak-- and the selections include a variety of genres. Chapters cover folk stories, songs, rituals, and drama, as well as epic traditions and professional storytelling, and feature both familiar and little-known texts, from the story of the woman warrior Hua Mulan to the love stories of urban storytellers in the Yangtze delta, the shaman rituals of the Manchu, and a trickster tale of the Daur people from the forests of the northeast. The Cannibal Grandmother of the Yi and other strange creatures and characters unsettle accepted notions of Chinese fable and literary form. Readers are introduced to antiphonal songs of the Zhuang and the Dong, who live among the fantastic limestone hills of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region; work and matchmaking songs of the mountain-dwelling She of Fujian province; and saltwater songs of the Cantonese-speaking boat people of Hong Kong. The editors feature the Mongolian epic poems of Geser Khan and Jangar; the sad tale of the Qeo family girl, from the Tu people of Gansu and Qinghai provinces; and local plays known as rice sprouts from Hebei province
Wandering on the way : early Taoist tales and parables of Chuang Tzu by Zhuangzi( )

14 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in English and held by 1,409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Although less well known in the West than the Tao Te Ching, the work of Chuang Tzu is every bit its equal as a classic of Taoist thought. But this collection of tales, poems, and parables is also one of the wittiest and most playful books in world literature. In this vivid, contemporary translation, Victor Mair captures the quintessential life and spirit of Chuang Tzu while remaining faithful tot he original text"--Back cover
Experimental essays on Chuang-tzu by Victor H Mair( )

11 editions published in 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Columbia anthology of traditional Chinese literature( Book )

17 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 1,076 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brings together fiction, poetry, drama, folk stories, elegies, letters, travelogues, criticism and theory. It emphasizes the distinctive features of Chinese literature through the ages by means of its topical arrangement
Reconfiguring the Silk Road : new research on East-West exchange in antiquity by Jane Hickman( )

28 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 1,065 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Bronze Age through the Middle Ages, a network of trade and migration routes brought people from across Eurasia into contact. Their commerce included political, social, and artistic ideas, as well as material goods such as metals and textiles. Reconfiguring the Silk Road offers new research on the earliest trade and cultural interactions along these routes, mapping the spread and influence of Silk Road economies and social structures over time. This volume features contributions by renowned scholars uncovering new discoveries related to populations that lived in the Tarim Basin, the advanced state of textile manufacturing in the region, and the diffusion of domesticated grains across Inner Asia. Other chapters include an analysis of the dispersal of languages across the Eurasian Steppe and a detailed examination of the domestication of the horse in the region. Contextualized with a foreword by Colin Renfrew and introduction by Victor Mair, Reconfiguring the Silk Road provides a new assessment of the intercultural evolution along the steppes and beyond
The prehistory of the Silk Road by E. E Kuzʹmina( )

18 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in English and Chinese and held by 907 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The majority of the Silk Road routes passed through the Eurasian Steppe, whose nomadic peoples were participants and mediators in its economic and cultural exchanges. Until now, the origins of these routes and relationships have not been examined in great detail. In The Prehistory of the Silk Road, E.E. Kuzmina, renowned Russian archaeologist, looks at the history of this crucial area before the formal establishment of Silk Road trade and diplomacy. From the late Neolithic period to the early Bronze Age, Kuzmina traces the evolution of the material culture of the Steppe and the contact between civilizations that proved critical to the development of the widespread trade that would follow, including nomadic migrations, the domestication and use of the horse and the camel, and the spread of wheeled transport." "The Prehistory of the Silk Road combines detailed research in archaeology with evidence from physical anthropology, linguistics, and other fields, incorporating both primary and secondary sources from a range of languages, including a vast accumulation of Russian-language scholarship largely untapped in the West. The book is complemented by an extensive bibliography that will be of great use to scholars."--Jacket
Painting and performance : Chinese picture recitation and its Indian genesis by Victor H Mair( )

19 editions published between 1988 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 830 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this extraordinary work of scholarship, Victor Mair traces the global development over a thousand years of a genre of popular Buddhist folk literature from China known as pien-wen, pointing out its origins in India as a form of oral storytelling using paintings as an aid, and showing how that form has influenced performance and literary traditions in India, Indonesia, Japan, Central Asia, the Near East, Italy, France, and Germany. Pien-wen, which date from the T'ang period (618-906), are extremely important in the history of Chinese literate--especially fiction and drama--because they are the first extended vernacular narratives in China. Since they were discovered at Tun-huang in the early years of this century, however, they have been the subject of considerable confusion and controversy. Examination of contemporary historical writings suggest that they derived from a type of storytelling with pictures, but the evidence from Chinese sources is meager. In searching for the origins of the oral antecedents of pien-wen, Mair discovered numerous parallel traditions in other countries that were much better documented. Going beyond Chinese linguistic and cultural borders, he was able not only to corroborate his thesis that pien-wen have an Indian genesis but to resurrect the entire tradition of Chinese storytelling with pictures that has hitherto been virtually unnoticed by scholars. Perhaps the single most significant characteristic of Painting and Performance is that it crosses so many disciplinary boundaries. The broad cultural and geographic sweep of Mair's investigation and the depth of the originality of his research make this a unique work that is sure to stimulate new scholarship in a wide variety of fields. It has important implications for students and scholars of literature, folklore, painting, religion, history, art, and theater and the performing arts, not to mention Chinese popular culture and Indian civilization. It will serve as a marvelous guide for scholars who would like to explore beyond their own territories." -- Publisher's description
The Tarim mummies : ancient China and the mystery of the earliest peoples from the West, with 190 illustrations, 13 in color by J. P Mallory( Book )

24 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 794 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"J. P. Mallory and Victor Mair describe the discovery of the enigmatic mummies, and reveal the latest attempts of Chinese and Western scientists to explain their origin and ethnic identity. The book examines the clues left by physical remains; their economy, technology and textiles (some of the mummies even wore tartans); and the later traces of the languages of the Tarim region. The trail ultimately leads to two major contenders: the Indo-Iranians, the masters of the Eurasian steppes who poured south into the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, India and China, and the Tocharians, the most elusive of the major branches of Indo-Europeans."--Jacket
Tao te ching : the classic book of integrity and the way by Laozi( Book )

11 editions published between 1990 and 2012 in English and held by 766 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A new translation of the ancient Chinese classic based on the recently discovered Ma-wang-tui manuscripts
Hawai'i reader in traditional Chinese culture( )

18 editions published in 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 756 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Hawai'i Reader in Traditional Chinese Culture is a collection of more than ninety primary sources of cultural significance from the Bronze Age to the turn of the twentieth century. Each selection, all but a few of which were translated specifically for this volume, is preceded by a brief introduction that (where pertinent) identifies its author, establishes the context, and raises important issues and questions. Together they take into account virtually every aspect of traditional culture, including sources from the non-Sinitic ethnic minorities." "Hawai'i Reader in Traditional Chinese Culture is ideal for undergraduate courses on the history, culture, and society of pre-modern China."--Jacket
Contact and exchange in the ancient world( )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Do civilizations independently invent themselves or are they the result of cultural diffusion? The contributors to this volume do not attempt to provide a definitive answer to this contentious question, one of the most debated issues of the past century. Instead, they shift the focus from theory to reality by presenting empirical evidence on a wide range of cultural phenomena in history and prehistory, thereby demonstrating the processes whereby cultural traits are acquired and modified--the dynamics of transmission and transformation. The range of topics covered in this volume is of extraordinary breadth: the distribution of belt hooks and belts from the steppes to North and Central China; textile exchange in the third millennium B.C.; the spread of bronze metallurgy across Asia; the adaptation of complicated technologies by distant peoples; the mechanisms whereby bronze implements were used to convey political messages in East Asia; the ethnogenesis of the Turks; the complex interrelationships among migratory and settled peoples in western Central Asia during the Bronze Age; the origins of the enigmatic Chinese goddess known as Queen Mother of the West; an account of hunting with trained cheetahs; and the use of abundant botanical and zoological evidence to affirm that the Old World and the New World must have been in contact long before the fifteenth century. Rounding out the volume is a survey of the problem of modernocentrism
Sacred display : divine and magical female figures of Eurasia by Miriam Robbins Dexter( )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 630 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book discusses erotic and magical goddesses and heroines in several ancient cultures, from the Near East and Asia, and throughout ancient Europe; in prehistoric and early historic iconography, their magical qualities are often indicated by a magical dance or stance. It is a look at female display figures both cross-culturally and cross-temporally, through texts and iconography, beginning with figures depicted in very early Neolithic Anatolia, early and middle Neolithic southeast Europe--Bulgaria, Romania, and Serbia--continuing through the late Neolithic in East Asia, and into early historic Greece, India, and Ireland, and elsewhere across the world. These very similar female figures were depicted in Anatolia, Europe, Southern Asia, and East Asia, in a broad chronological sweep, beginning with the pre-pottery Neolithic, ca. 9000 BCE, and existing from the beginning of the second millennium of this era up to the present era. This book demonstrates the extraordinary similarities, in a broad geographic range, of depictions and descriptions of magical female figures who give fertility and strength to the peoples of their cultures by means of their magical erotic powers. It also contains translations of texts which describe these ancient female figures, from a multitude of Indo-European, Near Eastern, and East Asian works. The "sexual" display of these female figures reflects the numinosity of the prehistoric divine feminine, and of her magical genitalia. The functions of fertility and apotropaia, which count among the functions of the early historic display and dancing figures, grow out of this numinosity and reflect the belief in and honoring of the powers of the ancient divine feminine
Imperial China and its southern neighbours by International Conference on Imperial China and its Southern Neighbours( )

11 editions published between 2015 and 2018 in English and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"At a time when China-Southeast Asia relationships are undergoing profound changes, it is pleasing to have a volume which examines the interactions between China and the polities and societies to the south through time. With multiple aims of exploring the relations between northern Chinese cultures and those of the south, examining the cultural plurality of areas which are today parts of Southern China, and illuminating the relations between Sinitic and non-Sinitic societies, the volume is broad in concept and content. Within these extensive rubrics, this edited collection further interrogates the nature of Asian polities and their historiography, the constitution of Chineseness, imperial China's southern expansions, cultural hybridity, economic relations, regional systems and ethnic interactions across East Asia. The editors Victor H. Mair and Liam C. Kelley are to be congratulated for bringing together such a wealth of contributions offering nascent interpretations and broad overviews, set within the overarching historical and contemporary contexts provided through Wang Gungwu's introduction." -- Dr Geoffrey Wade, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University
The true history of tea by Victor H Mair( Book )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2018 in English and Chinese and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The True History of Tea brings these disparate aspects together in an entertaining tale that combines solid scholarship with an eye for the quirky, offbeat paths that tea has strayed upon during its long voyage.' - - Provided by publisher
Tʼang transformation texts : a study of the Buddhist contribution to the rise of vernacular fiction and drama in China by Victor H Mair( Book )

19 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in English and Chinese and held by 403 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben shu gong liu zhang, Nei rong bao kuo dun huang yu dun huang wen shu, Bian wen zi liao ji qi xiang guan ti cai, "bian wen"de han yi, Yan yi ren, Zuo zhe he chao shou, Zhuan bian cun zai de zheng ju
Tun-huang popular narratives by Victor H Mair( Book )

14 editions published between 1983 and 2007 in English and held by 344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chinese lives = Huaxia ren sheng : the people who made a civilization by Victor H Mair( Book )

12 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and Japanese and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book tells the story of China through 96 short biographies. This book includes a colourful array of very different men and women: emperors and empresses, concubines, officials and political figures, rebels, exiles, philosophers, writers and poets, artists, musicians, scientists, military leaders and committed pacifists. This is a perfect introduction to China's long history for the modern reader, seen through the eyes of the men and women who helped shape the civilization's past
Strange tales from a Chinese studio by Songling Pu( Book )

16 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in Chinese and English and held by 247 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The strange tales of Pu Songling are exquisite minatures regarded as the pinnacle of classical Chinese fiction. With their elegant prose, witty wordplay and subtle charm, the 104 stories in this selection reveal a world in which nothing is as it seems
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The Columbia anthology of Chinese folk and popular literature
The shorter Columbia anthology of traditional Chinese literatureThe Columbia anthology of Chinese folk and popular literatureWandering on the way : early Taoist tales and parables of Chuang TzuThe Columbia anthology of traditional Chinese literatureReconfiguring the Silk Road : new research on East-West exchange in antiquityThe prehistory of the Silk RoadPainting and performance : Chinese picture recitation and its Indian genesisThe Tarim mummies : ancient China and the mystery of the earliest peoples from the West, with 190 illustrations, 13 in color
Alternative Names
Bai, Iko

Maer, Weikeduo.

Mair, Victor 1943-

Mair, Victor H.

Mair, Victor Hemrry 1943-

Mair, Victor Henry 1943-

Mairas V.H.

Mairas Viktoras H.

Mei 1943- Weiheng

mei, wei heng

Mei, Wei-heng 1943-

Mei, Weiheng.

Mei, Weiheng, 1943-

Victor H. Mair Amerikaans taalkundige

Victor H. Mair amerikanischer Sinologe und Linguist

Victor H. Mair lingüista estadounidense

Victor H. Mair lingüista estatunidenc

Victor H. Mair linguista statunitense

Victor H. Mair linguiste américain

Victor H. Mair llingüista estauxunidense

Victor Henry Mair

Weikeduo Maer.

Weikeduo Ma'er 1943-

Βίκτορ Χένρι Μερ

Виктор Мейър

فيكتور اتش ماير

فيكتور إتش ماير لغوي من الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية

메어, 빅터 1943-

메이어, 빅터 H. 1943-

메이어, 빅터 헨리 1943-


バイ, イコウ

メア, ヴィクター・H.

梅, 维恒

梅, 维恒 1943-


梅维恒 1943-

梅维恒 美国汉学家,语言学家