New methodologies allow us to explore stylistic relationships among late Imperial Chinese texts. These new techniques may provide insight into the anxiety-ridden traditional classification of unofficial histories as novels. Paul Vierthaler, leads us to navigate these new possibilities and also share his research experience in Taiwan.
Paul Vierthaler is a Ph.D. candidate at Yale University. He is currently a Fulbright Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy at the Academia Sinica. His dissertation analyzes the role unofficial historical narratives (yeshi, novels, and drama ) played the construction of historical imagination in late Imperial China.