Shouyi Jiang


Since 1997, narrative research in China has entered the stage of Sino-Western dialogue, which is manifested as not only a dialogical spirit in specific cases, but also a dialogical stance in the research of narrative forms. On the basis of such dialogue, some Chinese studies have played a leading role in the development of narrative theories. Narrative studies in China have either advanced original research output recognized by Western scholars as representing “Chinese voice,” or engaged in expanding the field in terms of methodology or scopes of research, or displayed the Chinese characteristics of traditional Chinese narratives. However, as Western narratology remains dominant, still more needs to be done to change this dynamic through such approaches as promoting the researches of indigenous narratology, enhancing translation and comparative studies of between Chinese and Western narratology, and reinforcing the studies of traditional Chinese narratives.


narratology, dialogue, Chinese voice, traditional narratives

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