Novel Medicine: Healing, Literature, and Popular Knowledge in Early Modern China

Hardcover | February 3, 2016

byAndrew Schonebaum

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By examining the dynamic interplay between discourses of fiction and medicine, Novel Medicine demonstrates how fiction incorporated, created, and disseminated medical knowledge in China, beginning in the sixteenth century. Critical readings of fictional and medical texts provide a counterpoint to prevailing narratives that focus only on the "literati" aspects of the novel, showing that these texts were not merely read, but were used by a wide variety of readers for a range of purposes. The intersection of knowledge—fictional and real, elite and vernacular—illuminates the history of reading and daily life and challenges us to rethink the nature of Chinese literature.

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By examining the dynamic interplay between discourses of fiction and medicine, Novel Medicine demonstrates how fiction incorporated, created, and disseminated medical knowledge in China, beginning in the sixteenth century. Critical readings of fictional and medical texts provide a counterpoint to prevailing narratives that focus only ...

Andrew Schonebaum is assistant professor of Chinese literature at the University of Maryland. He is the coeditor of Approaches to Teaching "The Story of the Stone" (Dream of the Red Chamber).
Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:February 3, 2016Publisher:University of Washington PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0295995181

ISBN - 13:9780295995182

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Novel Medicine, by bringing together disparate material in a novel way, sheds new and interesting light on traditional Chinese medicine, vernacular literature, and society.

- David Rolston, author of Traditional Chinese Fiction and Fiction Commentary: Reading and Writing Between the Lines