Skip to content Skip to navigation

Narrative and Storytelling in Premodern China (CHINA 155B)


In premodern China, individuals and groups told stories variously to philosophize and persuade, to commemorate and critique, to educate and entertain, to scandalize and to stimulate. In this class, we will trace the evolution of Chinese narrative storytelling through close readings of some of the most compelling stories in the Chinese tradition, including early philosophical anecdotes and historical accounts, medieval tales and religious performance pieces, and early modern short stories. In the process, we will come to appreciate how Chinese narrative storytelling evolved over time, dwelling on issues such as genre, authorship, textuality, and readership to understand how writers and readers used storytelling to navigate and negotiate the world around them, including issues related to gender and sexuality, social status, and political power.

Course ID: 
222 257
Letter (ABCD/NP)
Course Tags Human: