Symposium: New Directions in the Study of Early Modern Chinese Fiction

This symposium explores new avenues in the study of early modern Chinese fiction, a body of texts and paratexts that provides a rich repository of sources on intellectual inquiry, popular belief, and cultural practices outside of those officially sanctioned by the imperial authorities of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Five symposium presenters will propose ways to rethink how this corpus of texts has been approached and analyzed in both Western and East Asian scholarship, bringing into question still-active assumptions and paradigms established in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The presenters will also recontextualize the formation of early modern Chinese fiction by drawing attention to its connections with religious, medical, and intellectual culture.


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