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November 18, 2010

Fall 2010 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Paize Keulemans

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Scandalous Writing: Gossip, News, and Rumor in Jin Ping Mei

November 23, 2010
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

This paper investigates a particularly scandalous late-imperial novel, the erotic Classic Jin Ping Mei (The Plum in the Golden Vase) to argue that gossip functioned as productive narrative form both in this novel itself and the various literary discourses surrounding it. In particular, I will focus on the way overhearing and hearsay in the novel provide structure to this sprawling one-hundred chapter narrative, just as gossipy writing about the novel provides a sense of community amongst late-imperial readers and writers. This novel form of scandalous writing, I argue, should be understood in the context of the blossoming of late-imperial print-culture and a media saturated society in which the production, circulation, and consumption of gossip were reflective of a typically late-Ming, early-Qing interest in contemporary affairs and scandalous news.

Paize Keulemans received his Ph.D. from the East Asian Languages and Cultures Department of the University of Chicago in 2005. Since then, he has taught at Columbia University as a fellow at the Society of Fellows, and he now teaches late-imperial Chinese literature at the department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at Yale. He has just finished a book manuscript entitled "'Sound rising from the Paper: Chinese Martial Arts Fiction and the Late Imperial Acoustic Imagination," which investigates the role printed sound plays in the production of acoustic spectacle on the page. He is now working on a second project that deals with the theme of gossip, rumor, and news in the seventeenth-century Chinese literature.

Posted by zzhu at November 18, 2010 09:21 PM