RONALD EGAN is professor of Sinology at Stanford University and department chair of East Asian Languages and Cultures. His research is on Song dynasty literary culture, aesthetics, biji and supernatural tales, and the interplay of poetry and image in later Chinese painting. He is the author of The Problem of Beauty: Aesthetic Thought and Pursuits in Northern Song China (2006) and The Burden of Female Talent: The Poet Li Qingzhao and Her History in China (2013).

ARIEL FOX is assistant professor of Chinese literature at the University of Chicago. Her research interests include late imperial fiction and drama, the early modern imagination of wealth and surplus, cartography and foreign trade routes, and numismatics. She is currently completing a book manuscript on seventeenth-century drama and the staging of commercial experience.

SIAO-CHEN HU is Research Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy in the Academia Sinica, Taiwan. A specialist in...

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