A Project in Progress by
Associate Professor of Chinese Language and Culture
Department of Japanese and Chinese, Willamette University
900 State Street, Salem, OR 97301
Phone: (503) 370-6256; Fax: (503) 375-5398; Email: Juwen@willamette.edu
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Chinese Folklore and Folklife: An Introduction
Part I Introduction
Chapter 1 Folklore and Folkloristics
Chapter 2 Chinese Folklore and Folkloristics
Chapter 3 Cultural Complexity of Folklore
Part II Folk Beliefs and Their Expressions
Chapter 4 The Supernatural
Chapter 5 The Natural
Chapter 6 The Human
Chapter 7 Divination
Part III Festivals, Dramas, and Folk Art
Chapter 8 Origin and Forms Festivals
Chapter 9 Festivals and Local Dramas
Chapter 10 Festivals and Folk Beliefs
Chapter 11 Folk Art
Part IV Folklife and Modes of Production
Chapter 13 Folklife
1. Foodways; 2. Dress; 3. House; 4. Transportation
Chapter 14 Modes of Production
1. Economic pattern; 2. Occupational circle; 3. Regional and ethnic diversity;
4. Age and gender role; 5. Technological application
Part V Rites of Passage
Chapter 15 Birth and Initiation
Chapter 16 Marriage and Family Life
Chapter 17 Death and Sacrifice
Chapter 18 Rites of Passage in Everyday Practice
Part VI Verbal Arts and Performances
Chapter 19 Oral literature/Folk literature
1. Narratives; 2. poetry; 3. speech;
Chapter 20 Folk Performance (folk performing art)
1. Local drama; 2. Storytelling (shuochang and quiyi)
Part VII Games, Sports, and Entertainments
Chapter 21 Children Folklore
Chapter 22 Family and Community Entertainments
Chapter 23 Sports and contests
Part VIII Folklore and Social Changes
Part IX Chinese Folklore and Folklife in Global Communication
Part X Practical Issues in Studying Chinese Folklore
literature, belief, behavior, material life, etc.
ethnography, ethnicity, migration, multilingual, multicultural, tradition and traditionality, cultual identity, etc.
poplar culture, folk arts, entertainment, games, film, Internet, etc.
tales, myths, ballads, songs, proverbs, riddles, names, dialects, ...
dances, music, musical instruments, ...
medicine, shamanism, witchcraft, religions, ...
drama, play, ritual, rite of passage, ...
foodways, wine, tea, ...
handcrafts, tattoos, common houses, toys, ...
mode of production, agriculture, fishing, ...