Idle Talk (New Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society #6) (Paperback)

By Jack W. Chen (Editor), David Schaberg (Editor)

University of California Press, 9780520289772, 258pp.

Publication Date: September 29, 2013

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Gossip and anecdote may be “idle talk,” but they also serve to knit together individuals in society and to provide the materials through which literary culture and historical memory are constructed. This groundbreaking book provides a cultural history of gossip and anecdote in traditional China, beginning with the Han dynasty and ending with the Qing. The ten essays, along with the introduction and postface, address the verification, transmission, and interpretation of gossip and anecdote across literary and historical genres.

Contributors: Sarah M. Allen, Beverly J. Bossler, Jack W. Chen, Ronald Egan, Dore J. Levy, Stephen Owen, Graham Sanders, David Schaberg, Anna M. Shields, Richard E. Strassberg, Xiaofei Tian

About the Author

Jack W. Chen is Associate Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures at UCLA. David Schaberg is Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures and Dean of the Division of Humanities at UCLA.