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Literati Storytelling in Late Medieval China

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.

About the Author

Manling Luo is assistant professor of Chinese literature at Indiana University.

Endorsements

"A book of startling originality, which studies an area of late medieval Chinese culture that has been scanted for too long. . . . One of the most enjoyable and enlightening books I have read in years. It will reshape much of the received picture of late medieval literature and history."—Paul W. Kroll, University of Colorado

"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

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