Chinese Autobiographical Writing: An Anthology of Personal Accounts
Translated by Patricia Buckley Ebrey, Cong Ellen Zhang, and Ping Yao
University of Washington Press, forthcoming March 2023
Chinese Autobiographical Writing contains full translations of works by fifty individuals that illuminate the history and conventions of writing about oneself in the Chinese tradition. From poetry, letters, and diaries to statements in legal proceedings, these engaging and readable works provide vivid details of life as it was lived from the pre-imperial period to the nineteenth century. With an introduction and list of additional readings for each selection, this volume is ideal for undergraduate courses on Chinese history, literature, religion, and women and family.