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Literati Storytelling in Late Medieval China

Manling Luo

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ISBN 10: 0295994142 / ISBN 13: 9780295994147
Published by University of Washington Press
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Title: Literati Storytelling in Late Medieval China

Publisher: University of Washington Press

Binding: Hardback

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

Author: Ronald Egan, Stanford University

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