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Mair, Victor H. 1943-

Works: 124 works in 433 publications in 4 languages and 17,722 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Cross-cultural studies  Conference papers and proceedings  Biography  Sources 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Creator, Other, Contributor, Honoree
Classifications: PL2658.E1, 895.108
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Victor H Mair
The Columbia anthology of traditional Chinese literature by Victor H Mair( Book )

18 editions published between 1994 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,364 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
The Columbia history of Chinese literature by Victor H Mair( Book )

16 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and held by 884 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 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 )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 807 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
The Columbia anthology of Chinese folk and popular literature by Mark Bender( Book )

9 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 514 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
The prehistory of the Silk Road by E. E Kuzʹmina( Book )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and Chinese and held by 425 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
Experimental essays on Chuang-tzu by Victor H Mair( Book )

9 editions published in 1983 in English and Undetermined and held by 398 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The true history of tea by Victor H Mair( Book )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 378 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
Painting and performance : Chinese picture recitation and its Indian genesis by Victor H Mair( Book )

11 editions published between 1988 and 2009 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hawai'i reader in traditional Chinese culture( Book )

8 editions published in 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 359 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
Tun-huang popular narratives by Victor H Mair( Book )

11 editions published between 1976 and 2007 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contact and exchange in the ancient world( Book )

6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 294 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. -- Publisher description from (Oct. 25, 2011)
Tʼang transformation texts : a study of the Buddhist contribution to the rise of vernacular fiction and drama in China by Victor H Mair( Book )

10 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 220 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
The Bronze Age and early Iron Age peoples of eastern Central Asia = Chung Ya tung pu chʻing tʻung ho tsao chʻi tʻieh chʻi shih tai ti chü min( Book )

16 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Traditional China in Asian and world history by Tansen Sen( Book )

4 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chronology -- Introduction -- Chinese perceptions of foreigners and foreign lands -- The rise of civilization in the central plains -- The formation and development of the silk routes -- China and the Buddhist world -- China in the age of commerce -- Conclusion
Sacred display : divine and magical female figures of Eurasia by Miriam Robbins Dexter( Book )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reconfiguring the Silk Road : new research on East-West exchange in antiquity by Jane Hickman( Book )

15 editions published in 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 114 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. Contributors: David W. Anthony, Elizabeth Wayland Barber, Dorcas R. Brown, Peter Brown, Michael D. Frachetti, Jane Hickman, Philip L. Kohl, Victor H. Mair, J.P. Mallory, Joseph G. Manning, Colin Renfrew
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The Columbia anthology of traditional Chinese literature
Alternative Names
Mair, Victor 1943-

Mair, Victor H.

Mair, Victor Henry 1943-

Mei 1943- Weiheng

Mei, Wei-heng 1943-

Mei, Weiheng, 1943-

Victor H. Mair Amerikanischer Sinologe und Linguist

Weikeduo Ma'er 1943-

Виктор Мейър

메어, 빅터 1943-

메이어, 빅터 H. 1943-


メア, ヴィクター・H

梅, 维恒

梅维恒 1943-

梅维恒 美国汉学家,语言学家

梅維恒 美國漢學家,語言學家

The Columbia history of Chinese literatureThe Tarim mummies : ancient China and the mystery of the earliest peoples from the West, with 190 illustrations, 13 in colorThe Columbia anthology of Chinese folk and popular literatureThe prehistory of the Silk RoadThe true history of teaPainting and performance : Chinese picture recitation and its Indian genesisTun-huang popular narrativesContact and exchange in the ancient world