leader Vibeke BÝrdahl
The project aims at
studying the development of the oral arts in China with a special
view to the interface between the written literature and the
oral traditions of storytelling. The orality/literacy dichotomy,
treated in its cultural-specific context, seems of major importance
for an understanding of the structural specifics and conditions
of existence of the oral arts. The storytelling genres have
survived as orally transmitted traditions through more than
a thousand years up to our present time and as such they offer
a unique territory for research in oral tradition.
The study is based on fieldwork on
present day storytelling of the "Water Margin" cycle in the
Lower Yangzi area, as well as on the collection and analysis
of other oral, oral-derived and literary texts related to the
"Water Margin" theme. The project includes small-scale teamwork
with Chinese storytellers and other performers.
results of the project are currently communicated in the form
of monographs, articles in international scientific periodicals,
TV- and radio-programs. The primary target group is the international
scholarly milieu, but parts of the project are also suitable
for communication to a broader audience.
Since 2004 this project
is incorporated into the larger project:
Oral Culture in the Modern Media World of Asia -- The Case of
presented at the following conferences:
2001 September: Conference
of the European Association of Chinese Linguistics 2, Rome.
2001 September: 7th
International CHIME Conference, 'Music and Meaning in China
and East Asia', Venice.
2001 December: International Symposium on Protection and Legislation
of Folk/Traditional Culture, Beijing.
See also output of
the project "Traditional Oral Culture in the Modern Media
World of Asia -- The Case of Chinese Storytelling"