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Mair, Victor H. 1943-

Works: 131 works in 470 publications in 4 languages and 18,818 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Sacred books  Fiction  Cross-cultural studies  Short stories, Chinese  Conference papers and proceedings  Biography  Caricatures and cartoons  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Other, Creator, Contributor, Honoree
Classifications: BL1900.L3, 299.51482
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Victor H Mair
The Columbia anthology of traditional Chinese literature( Book )

12 editions published between 1994 and 1996 in English and held by 1,071 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 )

21 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in English and Chinese and held by 893 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 Columbia anthology of Chinese folk and popular literature by Mark Bender( Book )

9 editions published in 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 516 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 )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2015 in English and Chinese and held by 436 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 399 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wandering on the way : early Taoist tales and parables of Chuang Tzu by Zhuangzi( Book )

13 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 394 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
The true history of tea by Victor H Mair( Book )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 388 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 )

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

Hawai'i reader in traditional Chinese culture( Book )

9 editions published in 2005 in English and Spanish and held by 367 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 )

10 editions published between 1983 and 2007 in English and held by 330 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The shorter Columbia anthology of traditional Chinese literature by Victor H Mair( Book )

6 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This shorter anthology retains the characteristics of the original in that it is arranged according to genre rather than chronology and interprets "literature" very broadly to include not just literary fiction, poetry, and drama, but folk and popular literature, lyrics and arias, elegies and rhapsodies, biographies, autobiographies and memoirs, letters, criticism and theory, and travelogues and jokes. It also contains fresh translations by newer voices in the field."--Jacket
Contact and exchange in the ancient world( Book )

6 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 296 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 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

8 editions published between 2013 and 2017 in English and Japanese and held by 225 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 )

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

Strange tales from a Chinese studio by Songling Pu( Book )

5 editions published between 1989 and 2005 in English and held by 158 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
Sacred display : divine and magical female figures of Eurasia by Miriam Robbins Dexter( Book )

6 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 121 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 115 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
Tao te ching by Laozi( Book )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

This is a completely fresh and poetic version of the twenty-five-hundred-year-old Chinese spiritual classic, by one of America's most thought-provoking writers. Moved by a lifelong love for the Tao Te Ching, the novelist and poet Ursula K. Le Guin has been working on this version of the text since the 1950s. Scholar J.P. Seaton has added expert linguistic guidance to her work, bringing to it an equally passionate commitment to scholarly accuracy. Together they have created a translation that is unlike any seen before. Le Guin's version captures all the brilliance of Lao Tzu's poetry while conveying with immediacy and clarity the astonishing depth of his spiritual insights. It also corrects many of the distorted views of Lao Tzu's philosophy, freeing it from gender-bias and revealing its universal relevance. This new version is sure to be welcomed by the many readers of the Tao Te Ching, as well as those coming to the text for the first time
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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 Amerikaans taalkundige

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 1943-

梅维恒 美国汉学家,语言学家

The Columbia history of Chinese literatureThe Columbia anthology of Chinese folk and popular literatureThe prehistory of the Silk RoadWandering on the way : early Taoist tales and parables of Chuang TzuThe true history of teaPainting and performance : Chinese picture recitation and its Indian genesisTun-huang popular narrativesThe shorter Columbia anthology of traditional Chinese literature