We are pleased to announce the publication of our fourth interactive scholarly work, Thomas S. Mullaney’s The Chinese Deathscape: Grave Reform in Modern China. Edited by a Stanford faculty member and built by Stanford Libraries, this publication is truly homegrown.
three historians of China, Jeffrey Snyder-Reinke, Christian Henriot, and Thomas
S. Mullaney, chart out the history of China’s rapidly shifting deathscape. Each
essay grapples with a different dimension of grave relocation and burial reform
in China over the past three centuries: from the phenomenon of “baby
towers” in the Lower Yangzi region of late imperial China, to the
histories of death in the city of Shanghai, and finally to the history of grave
relocation during the contemporary period, examined by Mullaney, when both its
scale and tempo increased dramatically. Rounding off these historical analyses,
a colophon by platform developers David McClure and Glen Worthey speak to new
reading methodologies emerging from a format in which text and map move in
concert to advance historical argumentation.
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tuned for more posts about this publication in the coming weeks.
Friederike Sundaram is Senior Editor for Digital Projects at Stanford University Press. She is responsible for building the program by acquiring and commissioning projects across the humanities and social sciences.