Chronological Narrative and Locale-based Narrative in Early Chinese Prose: A Case Study of Wu-Yue Rivalry in Zuozhuan and Guoyu

Jia LI

Abstract


Chinese narrative tradition traces back to the Pre-Qin Period, and very often, such early historical prose employs a distinct narrative style. Amongst them, Zuozhuan is representative of the “chronological narrative” style, and Guoyu is representative of the “locale-based narrative” style. This paper seeks to analyse the narrative of “Wu-Yue rivalry” in the two texts from a narratology point of view, to understand how the two narrative styles influenced the plot development, characterisation, narrator perspective and significance, and narrative characteristics.

Keywords: Chronological Narrative; Locale-based Narrative; Zuozhuan; Guoyu; Wu-Yue Rivalry


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