Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature in Translation (EALC 318/590): Books

Research resources on modern Chinese authors fiction and film. MLA writing style and an annotated bibliography of "works cited" are assigned for final paper.

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Wang, Meng (ther are more than one Wang, Meng in the catalog. Which one is the correct author? You can check for each entry, or eliminate the impossible one from the date of birth.)

Wang, Meng, 1934-

Wang, Meng, 1934- Bu li. English 

Mo Yan => Mo, Yan, 1955-   (2012 Nobel Prize: Literature)

Happy times [videorecording] / a Sunflower presentation ; a film by Zhang Yimou ; co-producer, Erin O'Rourke ; directed by Zhang Yimou.

Life and death are wearing me out : a novel / Mo Yan ; translated from the Chinese by Howard Goldblatt. (2008)

Mo, Yan, 1955- Translations into English.

Pai Hsien-yung => Bai, Xianyong, 1937-

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1. Identify Keywords

  • personal name (author, writer, play writer, etc.)
  • name of a work (publication title, film title, drama title) in original language, in traslations, etc. 
  • format or genre (videorecording, feature films) 

2. Identify Concept: different ideas which make up search topic

   ex. man-women relationships, urban culture, imperialism, realism, Sino-Japanese War, print culture, wormen writers, etc. 

3. Use controlled words, subject terms

   Use words and phrases in suggested reference or links indexed by the online search application

    Chinese literature -- 20th century -- Translations into English. 

    Women and literature -- China. 

4. Connect words and concepts: use logical (Boolean) operators (OR, AND, NOT)

5. Follow the citations and reference bibliography from one source to another



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Identify Keywords:  Before searching the Library Catalog or other databases, take a few minutes to write down all the words that describe your topic.  Use these words in keyword searches. For more help with search strategies, follow the links immediately below.

    Follow the Bibliographic Trail:  An effective method for gathering reliable information is to follow the citations or references from one source to another.  Just as internet links take you to other pages or sources recommended by a site's webmaster, the author of a book or article provides a series of notes or references in a bibliography. These references typically lead to other useful sources on the topic. 

    Can't Find Books on Your Topic?  Some content on a topic can be hidden in small chunks within general works.  For example, there may be a few pages or paragraphs on the rusalki in W. F. Ryan's book Bathhouse At Midnight: An Historical Survey of Magic and Divination in Russia.

    Still Can't Find Books Your Topic?  Use Worldcat to search the library cataolgs of other universities; then request to borrow the books through our Interlibrary Loan service.