Biographical Writing in Early China

The Reading Group of Biographical Writing in Early China (ca. 1000 BCE-220 AD) is an interdisciplinary project that focuses on fundamental questions related to life writing in antiquity, such as: What do we mean by “biographical writing?” What kinds of information were considered essential to a person’s life? What different functions did it serve? We invite students and faculty members from any department with an interest in the writing of biography in antiquity to attend and participate, in the hope that this reading group will not only deepen our understanding of early Chinese biographical writing, but also contribute to the study of biography as a form of writing that can be found in all ancient civilizations.

We will be meeting at 5:30 PM beginning in the second half of February and ending in the first half of April. There will be 4 meetings in total. Looking forward to seeing you!

Meeting Dates:
February 18th, 2016 – 209 Scheide Caldwell | Handout | Readings
March 1st, 2016 – 209 Scheide Caldwell
March 23rd, 2016 – 209 Scheide Caldwell
April 7th, 2016 – 209 Scheide Caldwell

For RSVP and more information, please contact Yuanxin Chen at [email protected].