Literature
(3,962 words)

1. Traditional Literature

With the gradual spread of the use of script since the 2nd millennium BCE, a concept of literature established itself in the Chinese territories which soon became the foundation of Chinese identity. The numerous meanings of the term wen, which stands for "literature" as well as for "the orderly" or "the structured," and later also for "culture" in a broader sense, point to an entanglement of the concept of literature…

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Schmidt-Glintzer, Helwig, “Literature”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 18 November 2017
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018



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