9 episodes

Rob and Lee Moore (no relation) kick back with a beer and tackle a work of Chinese literature, every thing from the earliest Chinese poetry to contemporary novels. For those who want to learn more about Chinese society but don't want to feel like they are being educated, this is your earcandy.

Chinese Literature Podcast Rob and Lee Moore

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 10 Ratings

Rob and Lee Moore (no relation) kick back with a beer and tackle a work of Chinese literature, every thing from the earliest Chinese poetry to contemporary novels. For those who want to learn more about Chinese society but don't want to feel like they are being educated, this is your earcandy.

    Pu Songling, Part 3: Painted Skin

    Pu Songling, Part 3: Painted Skin

    Pu Songling knew quirky and charming, but he also knew scary, too. Take a listen to Lee and Rob discuss what is arguably the most famous story in Strange Tales from Liao Studio: a macabre exploration of monsters, Daoist magic, and a wife so dedicated that she’ll do…well, pretty much anything to save her husband.

    Pu Songling, Part 2: The Painted Wall

    Pu Songling, Part 2: The Painted Wall

    Hogwarts before there was Hogwarts. Heck, Dorian Gray before there was Dorian Gray! Pu Songling was there first. Take a listen as Lee and Rob discuss the story of two men, a priest, and a painting that gets a little too lifelike.

    Interview with Antonio Leggieri on the Guzhang Juechen

    Interview with Antonio Leggieri on the Guzhang Juechen

    Today, we have a very special guest, Antonio Leggieri on the podcast to talk about his phd research on the late imperial novel Guzhang Juechen. Listen to this fascinating discusssion as Antonio enlightens Rob and Lee on a text even they knew nothing about.

    Pu Songling, Part 1: Lian Xiang

    Pu Songling, Part 1: Lian Xiang

    There aren’t a lot of things we agree on, but one of them is Pu Songling. The author of Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio 聊斋志异 (1740), which is exactly what it sounds like: a collection of strange tales. Very strange. Strange and wonderful. Today we start a three-part series where we dig into this […]

    China’s Covid-19 Three Character Classic Propaganda

    China’s Covid-19 Three Character Classic Propaganda

    Song Dynasty Children’s literature + Communist propaganda + global pandemic = today’s discussion. Last week, we talked about the Three Character Classic (三字經). It is a work of probably Song Dynasty children’s literature that functioned as many young Chinese children’s first Confucian text to memorize. The book is written with three Chinese characters in each […]

    Three Character Classic – 三字經

    Three Character Classic – 三字經

    The 三字經, usually translated as the Three Character Classic, is a fascinating text because it functions like a “my first Confucian text.” Children were given this text when they were quite young and asked to memorize the book, teaching them moral lessons that would prepare them to master the real Confucian classics later in life. […]

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
10 Ratings

10 Ratings

Ætherialx ,

Rob and Lee crush it

Easily one of the best cultural podcasts out there- makes literature that many people might find difficult to approach easy and fun to learn about.

EmilyD3409 ,

Light-hearted and very interesting!

I haven’t read any Chinese literature in my life outside of small short stories and tales from childhood. Really enjoy this podcast; it always makes me laugh and shares interesting stories.

Diaskeaus ,

Informative and laid-back

A podcast for sinophiles, literature aficionados, and people with even a passing interest in intelligent discussion about stories and narrative that usually requires a $90,000 grad school education. Rob and Lee are not only funny but incredibly smart and proficient in their field, and showcase their passion for a literature that mainstream education all but ignores but desperately needs to be better educated in. If you want to hear crazy stories about suicidal lovers, galaxy-spanning poets, and political revolutionaries, then this podcast will entertain you. If you want to understand more about the hidden aspect of China that even China has forgotten, this podcast will inform you. And if you are just looking for a podcast that will make you feel smarter, this is definitely the right podcast for you.

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