John Timothy Wixted

Chinese and Japanese Languages and Literatures

John Timothy Wixted

Post-Song Dynasty Poetry


Note also the webpage:

Yuan Haowen 元好問 (1190-1257) and the Jin Dynasty 金代 (1115-1234)


Book translation:

      Yoshikawa Kōjirō 吉川幸次郎Five Hundred Years of Chinese Poetry, 1150-1650: The Chin, Yuan, and Ming Dynasties, John Timothy Wixted, tr. (Princeton: Princeton Univer­sity Press, 1989). Afterword by William S. Atwell. xix,215 pp.

Translated from the Japanese (original title: Gen-Min shi gaisetsu 元明詩概説 (Tokyo: Iwa­nami Shoten, 1963), with English renderings of the 130 complete (and several partial) poems in classical Chinese cited in the work. (A Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 1991.)

Title-page, table of contents, and index of the book:

Table of contents and index, Five Hundred Years of Chinese Poetry

Introductory chapter to the book: “Chinese Poetry of the Later Imperial Dynasties,” pp. 8-14:   

Yoshikawa Kōjirō, “Chinese Poetry of the Later Imperial Dynasties”

Chinese texts for the 130 poems translated in the book (plus a few prose pieces and partial poems), 33 pp.; co-compiler Cui Jie 崔洁

Chinese texts for Five Hundred Years of Chinese Poetry

List of reviews of the book:

Reviews of Five Hundred Years of Chinese Poetry

For the chapter that treats Yuan Haowen and Jin dynasty poetry, see the Yuan Haowen webpage. 

For discussion of translating the work, see pp. 88-89 of the “Research summary” cited on the Yuan Haowen webpage. 

For reference to the work’s treatment of Chinese literary theory and criticism, see the Chinese Literary Criticism - Gen'l. webpage.

For reference to the work’s treatment of Chinese influences on Japanese literature, see the Classical Japanese webpage. 



      “Poetry of the Fourteenth Century,” in The Columbia History of Chinese Literature, Victor H. Mair, ed. (New York: Columbia University Press, 2001), pp. 390-398.

Article on Chinese poetry of the fourteenth century

Translated summaries of articles:

      For additional material dealing in part with the later imperial dynasties, see the Japanese Sinology webpage, where summaries of articles by Tanaka Issei 田仲一成, a leading scholar of Chinese drama, are listed, as is the summary by Satō Tamotsu 佐藤保 of a decade's research on Chinese literature.  

Research resource:

      Note "Index H" to Japanese Scholars of China: A Bibliographic Handbook (for full citation, see the Japanese Sinology webpage), which  lists scholars by field of study (about whom more bibliographic information is supplied in the body of the handbook). Those active in the study of Ming- and Qing-dynasty history and literature are listed on pp. 419-421, 444-445, 446-447, and 453.

John Timothy Wixted