Publish or Perish: Literati and Early Qing Private Publishing Boom

Suyoung Son, Postdoctoral fellow in Chinese Studies at the Center for East Asian Studies ,Stanford University

OPEN ONLY TO STANFORD FACULTY AND STUDENTS. Dinner will be provided. Please RSVP to Aragorn Quinn:

We would like to invite you to join us for the tenth meeting of the East Asian Studies workshop, sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures (EALC). This talk will examine the relationship between the literati and early Qing private publishing boom. In early Qing China, at a time when print was becoming the dominant mode of transmitting texts but manuscript was still a viable mode of transmission, what determined the choice of print over manuscript? What kinds of cultural, economic, or social expectations distinguished print from manuscript? By closely examining the practice of book production and circulation of an early Qing Yangzhou literatus-publisher, Zhang Chao (fl. 1650-1707), this talk will demonstrate the way in which the print medium was inseparable with claiming the cultural and social status of literati in early Qing China.

Thursday, January 13, 2011 | 4:30 pm — 6:30 pm
Building 250 - Room 101, EALC Library

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures