CHINOPERL: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literature

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ISSN: 0193-7774
E-ISSN: 2051-6150
Frequency: Semiannual
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CHINOPERL: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literature (formerly, CHINOPERL Papers) is published by CHINOPERL, short for the Permanent Conference on Chinese Oral and Performing Literature.

The focus of CHINOPERL is on literature connected to oral performance, broadly defined as any form of verse or prose that has elements of oral transmission or performance either formally on stage or informally as a means of everyday communication. Such “literature” includes widely-accepted genres such as the novel, short story, drama, and poetry, but may also include proverbs, folksongs, and other traditional forms of linguistic expression.

Formerly CHINOPERL Papers, number 6 (1976) through number 31 (2012); CHINOPERL News, number 1 (1969) through number 5 (1975).

Individual access to the journal is only through society membership. This option includes both print and online subscriptions to the journal. Shipping charges applicable to international addresses. An online-only option is available to forgo shipping charges.

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  • Author Guidelines
  • CHINOPERL: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literature is a refereed annual publication. Topics on Chinese oral and performing literature (performed or not), historical, descriptive, theoretical, or interdisciplinary in nature, are welcome. All translations must be prefaced by substantial introductions. 

    Authors are welcome to suggest the names of referees who would be particularly suited to review the submission. 

    Papers not exceeding 45 pages, double spaced, are preferred. Include a short abstract of around 500 words. Manuscripts should include complete citations, references, footnotes, and appendices, as appropriate to the topic. It is entirely possible that the editor will suggest that revisions be made before the piece is sent out for review. 

    Manuscripts should be typed in Microsoft Word in the following format: 

    Times New Roman, 12 point font for the main text and 10 point font for footnotes, double-spaced; paper size 8.5” x 11.5” (“Letter” or “US Letter”) 

    Format paragraphs to have the same indentation for the first line for all regular body paragraphs, do not justify the paragraphs 

    One inch margin on all sides; pagination at the bottom of the page and centered 

    Book reviews, conference reports, performance reviews, and short notices on new resources are welcome. They should be submitted in the same format as article manuscripts. They will not be sent out for outside review but will be published at the discretion of the editor and the editorial board. 

    Chinese characters should be inserted for passages translated from the Chinese except when the submission is primarily a work of translation. In the case of translations, if the original work is not readily available, please include with the submission a scanned electronic copy or a xerox of the original to facilitate review. Translations from Chinese that are shorter than a complete sentence (including Chinese terms) should be followed by romanization in the pinyin system. Except in the case of place names, names of institutions, and the names of persons, romanization should be italicized. Complex or regular Chinese characters should be used and not simplified forms. 

    Please use the standard conventions for romanizing Chinese in the pinyin system (a convenient resource is the relevant appendix in John DeFrancis, ed., ABC Chinese-English Dictionary). Chinese characters should follow the first appearance of a Chinese expression or name. Translations of Chinese expressions or titles should be given on first appearance in parentheses after the romanization and Chinese characters, as in this example: Zhongguo wenxue shi 中國文學史(History of Chinese Literature). Please note that only the first word and the beginning of any proper nouns should be capitalized in the romanization of Chinese titles. Interpolated material within quotations should be put within square brackets. 

    In the case of nonstandard Chinese dialect expressions, it might be necessary to use other romanization systems than pinyin. If that is the case be sure to provide adequate explanatory material about the system of transcription used. 

    Illustrations and photos are welcome but will be included in the final article only when they add substantial value to the piece. It is presently not feasible to regularly publish photos in color. It is possible to make extra visual material available to readers online. 

    Inquiries and manuscripts may be addressed to the editor, Jing Shen, the associate editors, Catherine C. Swatek, Vibeke Børdahl, and Margaret Wan, or members of the Editorial Board.

  • Editorial Board
  • Editor

    Jing Shen, Eckerd College, USA

    Consulting Editor

    David Rolston, University of Michigan, USA

    Associate Editors

    Catherine C. Swatek, University of British Columbia, Canada

    Vibeke Børdahl, Nordic Institute of Asian Studies, Denmark

    Margaret Wan, University of Utah, USA

    Editorial Board

    Mark Bender, The Ohio State University, USA

    Susan Blader, Dartmouth College, USA

    Claire Conceison, Duke University, USA

    Andrea Goldman, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

    GUO Yingde, Beijing Normal University, China

    HAI Zhen, National Academy of Theatre Arts, Beijing, China

    Robert E Hegel, Washington University, St Louis, USA

    Wilt L Idema, Harvard University, USA

    David Johnson, University of California, Berkeley, USA

    Rainier Lanselle, École Pratique des Hautes Études, France

    Kathryn Lowry, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

    Colin Mackerras, Griffith University, Australia

    Victor H. Mair, University of Pennsylvania, USA

    Lindy Li Mark, California State University, East Bay, USA

    Anne E. McLaren, University of Melbourne, Australia

    Helen Rees, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

    Sue M. C. Tuohy, Indiana University, USA

    C.K. Wang, National Tsing-Hua University, Taiwan

    Elizabeth Wichmann-Walzcak, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, USA

    Bell Yung, University of Pittsburgh, USA

    Judith T. Zeitlin, University of Chicago, USA

     

  • Indexes
  • Articles appearing in CHINOPERL: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literature are indexed and/or abstracted in:

    Association for Asian Studies-
    Bibliography of Asian Studies (Online)

    Elsevier BV-
    Scopus

    Modern Language Association-
    MLA International Bibliography

    ProQuest-
    RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale)