CHINESE NARRATIVE SONG: STRUCTURE, LANGUAGE AND HISTORICAL DYNAMICS

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The purpose of this paper is to examine the cultural and linguistic features of Chinese narrative songs of the 20th - early 21st centuries. They are explored through the theoretical frameworks and research instruments of narratology, cultural anthropology and linguistics (M. Bakhtin, R. Barthes, G. Genette, V. Propp, T. Todorov, etc.). The paper highlights the most important changes of narrative songs determined by historical events in China during the period under investigation: a) dynamics of themes, plots and attitudes towards related events - from ideological praise of the Communist party and Chair-man Mao - to a more personalized narration about people’s life and love in a globalized world; b) evo-lution of characters from selfless fighters for communism with clearly defined social identity - to general-ized lyrical personalities motivated by love, suffering, kinship and loyalty to their country; c) growth of genre variability due to the relaxation of ideological pressure and the influence of Western musical culture; d) return to the values of ancient Chinese culture and restoration of traditional national identity, implemented in background knowledge, binary oppositions and intertextual connections; e) new forms of linguistic expression.The findings indicate that the algorithm of text analysis developed in the course of the research may be used to investigate other types of Chinese narratives, as well as narratives from other cultures.

Olga A Leontovich

olgaleo@list.ru
Volgograd State Socio-Pedagogical University 27 Lenin Prospect, Volgograd, 400066, Russia

Olga Leontovich, Ph. D., Professor and Chair, Department of Intercultural Communication and Translation, Volgograd State Socio-Pedagogical University. Research interests: communication studies, linguistics, cultural anthropology, intercultural communication.; http://vgpu.org/node/4183

Natalya Simonenko

natalia-siyu@yandex.ru
Volgograd State Socio-Pedagogical University 27 Lenin Prospect, Volgograd, 400066, Russia

Natalya Simonenko, Ph. D., Associate Professor, Department of Intercultural Communication and Translation, Volgograd State Socio-Pedagogical University. Research interests: narratology, linguistics, cultural anthropology, Chinese language.; http://vgpu.org/node/4164

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