Literati Storytelling in Late Medieval China

Paperback | December 7, 2016

byManling Luo

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Scholar-officials of late medieval China were not only enthusiastic in amateur storytelling, but also showed unprecedented interest in recording stories on different aspects of literati life. These stories appeared in diverse forms, including narrative poems, ?tales of the marvelous,? ?records of the strange,? historical miscellanies, and transformation texts. Through storytelling, literati explored their own changing place in a society that was making its final transition from hereditary aristocracy to a meritocracy ostensibly open to all. Literati Storytelling shows how these writings offer crucial insights into the reconfiguration of the Chinese elite, which monopolized literacy, social prestige, and political participation in imperial China.

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Scholar-officials of late medieval China were not only enthusiastic in amateur storytelling, but also showed unprecedented interest in recording stories on different aspects of literati life. These stories appeared in diverse forms, including narrative poems, ?tales of the marvelous,? ?records of the strange,? historical miscellanies, ...

Manling Luo is assistant professor of Chinese literature at Indiana University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:December 7, 2016Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295994150

ISBN - 13:9780295994154

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A masterful study of a rich corpus of narrative material. . . . A major contribution to our understanding of later Tang literary and social history.

- Ronald Egan, Stanford University