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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Idle Talk: Gossip and Anecdote in Traditional China 閒聊:傳統中國的八卦與軼事

Editors:
Jack W. Chen, David Schaberg

Publisher:
University of California Press

Publication Year:
2013

Abstract: 
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.

Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments ix 

Introduction           Jack W. Chen

1. Word of Mouth and the Sources of Western Han History 17 David Schaberg

2. Tales from Borderland: Anecdotes in Early Medieval China 38 Xiaofei Tian

3. Knowing Men and Being Known: Gossip and Social Networks in the Shishuo xinyu 55 Jack W. Chen

4. Oral Sources and Written Accounts: Authority in Tang Tales 71 Sarah M. Allen

5. I Read They Said He Sang What He Wrote: Orality, Writing, and Gossip in Tang Poetry Anecdotes 88 Graham Sanders

6. Gossip, Anecdote, and Literary History: Representations of the Yuanhe era in
Tang Anecdote Collections 107 Anna M. Shields

7. Shen Kuo Chats with Ink Stone and Writing Brush 132 Ronald Egan

8. Men, Women, and Gossip in Song China 154 Beverly Bossler

9. Glyphomantic Dream Anecdotes 178 Richard E. Strassberg

10. The Retributory Power of Gossip in the Story of The Stone 194 Dore J. Levy

Postface: “Believe it or not” 217 Stephen Owen

Bibliography 225 
Contributors 239 
Index 241

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