East Asian Languages and Cultures | Readings in Chinese Literature I
C521 | 27876 | Luo, Manling


Prerequisites: Open to graduate students only. Competence in reading
original classical Chinese texts.

This course explores Tang literati culture of informal storytelling
and writing. By surveying the extant Tang stories, we will carefully
examine established critical assumptions about this body of diverse
materials and consider new grounds of interpretation. Special
attention will be paid to the issues of orality and writing, text
and textual variation, bibliographic classification and genre
formation, popular storytelling and elite storytelling, the
relationship between prose narrative and poetry, and storytelling
and the development of medieval literati culture. Course
requirements include in-class presentations and discussions, small
writing assignments, and final research paper.