I am reading Sabrina Knight, Chinese Literature, A very short introduction. The book mentions a fourth century division of literature into:
- Daoist and Buddhist Masters, Masters of Strategy, etc.
- Belles Lettres
What are the Chinese terms?
The rest is possibly off topic. I believe I can resolve it by web search, if I know the Chinese terms, but it is the reason for the question, so I include it as a side note:
I have trouble understanding the fourth category, since it seems not to include 小說。Would it be lyrics? Poetry? Say 樂府，輔鳥賦, non classic poetry like 楚辭？ The difference between Belles lettres and 小說 seems to be the conveying of the 道. While I understand the significance (at least a little) it is hard for me to tell what the category would include.