The following entry comes from a thread I posted on Twitter today that I'd been mulling over for about a week. If you'd prefer to read it over there, click here. I know I sometimes sound cavalier about the horrors depicted in the texts and images I work with from nineteenth century China, especially related…Read more What are we supposed to do with our plenty?
When I tell people about my research on late Qing baojuan, I talk about how ordinary lives can animate history. Non-official histories and religious texts can give us a poignant sense of daily concerns and their solutions. My work gives voice again to long-silent popular perspectives on the late Qing, some anonymous, some by named…Read more “What times are these?” (1854)