Idle Talk

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Jack W. Chen, David Schaberg
Univ of California Press, Sep 29, 2013 - History - 258 pages
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
 

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Contents

aNecdotes
38
gossiP
55
writiNg brush
132
MeN woMeN aNd gossiP iN soNg chiNa
154
glyPhoMaNtic dreaM aNecdotes
178
the retributory Power of gossiP iN
194
believe it or Not
217
Bibliography
225
Contributors
239
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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.

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