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By Manling Luo

Scholar-officials of overdue medieval China weren't in basic terms enthusiastic in beginner storytelling, but in addition confirmed extraordinary curiosity in recording tales on assorted elements of literati lifestyles. those tales seemed in assorted kinds, together with narrative poems, "tales of the marvelous," "records of the strange," old miscellanies, and transformation texts. via storytelling, literati explored their very own altering position in a society that used to be making its ultimate transition from hereditary aristocracy to a meritocracy ostensibly open to all. Literati Storytelling exhibits how those writings provide the most important insights into the reconfiguration of the chinese language elite, which monopolized literacy, social status, and political participation in imperial China.

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