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How to Read a Story: Narrative Constructions in Early China (Michael Puett, Harvard University)
Friday, October 21, 2022, 03:30pm - 05:00pm
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This talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and the Department of Religion. It is in-person and open to the public.



This talk will explore the complex ways that narratives were constructed in early China.  I will argue that these processes of narrative construction shed light as well on some of the reading strategies that emerge in early Chinese commentaries.  The goal of the paper will accordingly be to explore how we can re-think the development of commentary once we take narrative constructions seriously.


Michael Puett is the Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History and Anthropology at Harvard University. His interests are focused on the inter-relations between history, anthropology, religion, and philosophy, with the hope of bringing the study of China into larger historical and comparative frameworks. He is the author of The Ambivalence of Creation: Debates Concerning Innovation and Artifice in Early China and To Become a God: Cosmology, Sacrifice, and Self-Divinization in Early China, as well as the co-author, with Adam Seligman, Robert Weller, and Bennett Simon, of Ritual and Its Consequences: An Essay on the Limits of Sincerity.

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Location  Pane Room, Alexander Library 1st floor