|Alternative Title||The Ancestor of Chinese Historical Novels--On the Literary Value of Legend of Mu Tianzi
|Place of Conferral||兰州
|Other Abstract||Legend of Mu Tianzi, the sole ancient book in its integrity among the bamboo engraving books preserved in Ji tomb, is a rare material of high scientific researching value in many areas such as ancient history, geography, etiquette, literature of our country, etc. This thesis gives a study on the book from a perspective of literature history and holds belief that this book has possessed an embryonic form of the historical novel and it should be the ancestor of the Chinese historical novels because its forming times was so early. The full thesis is divided into four parts altogether.
The preface section points out that the research of Legend of Mu Tianzi still needs to be moved on after a brief introducetion on the discovery of Legend of Mu Tianzi, its arrangements and a survey on the researches of this books generations before.
The first section verifies that Legend of Mu Tianzi should have been formed in the the Period of Warring States. First of all, both theories of “ the Western Zhou Dynasty” and “Han and Jin” are of obvious shortages; Secondly, Legend of Mu Tianzi demonstrates the characteristics of times of the Warring States in such aspects as geography , relics , characters and figure too. So it is more acceptable to admit that Legend of Mu Tianzi was formed in the times of the Warring States now.
The second section verifies Legend of Mu Tianzi’s characteristics of historical novel and its artistic achievements. Legend of Mu Tianzi, with an overall style of the unity of imagination and reality, simple and orderly narrations, a writing technique of both beautification and humanization, plain and fanciful descriptions, demonstrates itself characteristics of the historical novel and quite good achievements in the artistic respect of the novel.
The third section gives a brief discussion on the position and influences of Legend of Mu Tianzi in Chinese literature history especially in novel history. Judged from the development of the Narrate literature, Legend of Mu Tianzi was between Chun Qiu and Zuo Zhuan, and was from annalistic style to biographical style. It not only illustrated the appearance of novel in Pre-Qin times, but also indicated that Chinese early novels have countless connections with historical books. Legend of Mu Tianzi also has so heavy impacts that it the writings of influenced miscellaneous histories directly and offered a material for description for literary works in later ages too.|
王洪涛. 中国历史小说之祖--论《穆天子传》的文学价值[D]. 兰州. 兰州大学,2004.
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