Chinese Literature Podcasts

Chinese Literature.

Sourcing for this list was tough. Sure, could find Martial Arts Podcasts, Learn Mandarin Podcasts, Chinese History Podcasts, and a host of other topics, but Chinese Literature was tricky.

(Speaking of Mandarin, if that floats your boat, you might dig “Happy New Year –  Chinese Greetings & Sayings.“)

Although this listing of podcasts is small, it’s all I could find.

I was hard-pressed in classifying some of the podcasts, but made the decision that if a podcast is “About Chinese Literature,” then it goes in here. And if it’s a book-on-tape scenario that just doesn’t quite fit anywhere else.

Some could go in here, for example, readings from the Tao Te Ching, however I decided to keep those in the Taoism Podcasts page.

If you find an error or an updated needed or, better yet, if you know of a Podcast you think would be a nice addition to this listing, please reach out and let us know!

Thanks, and Enjoy! 🙂

Chinese Literature Podcasts

The Chinese Literature Podcast
The Chinese Literature Podcast

The Chinese Literature Podcast

Rob and Lee Moore (no relation) kick back with a beer and tackle a work of Chinese literature, everything 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.

Rereading the Stone Podcast
Rereading the Stone Podcast

Re-reading the Stone

Rereading the Stone is a weekly discussion of historical Chinese literature, philosophy, and poetry, currently focusing on the Qing dynastic Classic novel Dream of the Red Chamber (紅樓夢) also known as Story of the Stone (石頭記).

The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast
The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast

The Translated Chinese Fiction Podcast

A podcast about English translations of Chinese fiction, hosted by Angus Stewart. All eras, all genres, all ideologies. Shanghai villas, Beijing alleys. Frozen Manchuria, Sichuan furnaces. Sanmao’s Sahara, Liu Cixin’s apocalypse. That’s where this podcast lives!
Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast
Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast

Romance of the Three Kingdoms Podcast

This podcast tells the classic Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms in a way that’s more accessible to Western audiences.

Check out our website for supplemental material such as maps, transcripts, and graphs of key characters and relationships.

Water Margin | Outlaws of the Marsh Podcast
Water Margin | Outlaws of the Marsh Podcast

Water Margin / Outlaws of the Marsh

A Chinese classic retold in English: This podcast is an English retelling of the classic Chinese novel Water Margin (水浒传, AKA Outlaws of the Marsh).

It aims to tell the story in a way that is more accessible to audiences who are not already familiar with the novel or Chinese literature and culture in general.

Immortal Index: A Xianxia & Wuxia Fan Podcast
Immortal Index: A Xianxia & Wuxia Fan Podcast

Immortal Index: A Xianxia & Wuxia Fan Podcast

This Podcast is no longer Live. However, there is still a collection of great content to be enjoyed.

The Immortal Index is A Podcast show discussing Chinese webnovel translations of Xianxia and/or Wuxia.

Xianxia: a type of Chinese Martial Arts novel genre developed from the Wuxia genre that is heavily influenced by Taoism and Buddhism. Contrary to the Wuxia genre, Xianxia novels have more elements of fantasy, complete with magic, demons, ghosts and immortals.

The Analects of Confucius Podcast
The Analects of Confucius Podcast

The Analects of Confucius

This is Book-on-Tape, so no new episodes come out; but the full book is here.

The Analects, or Lunyu, also known as the Analects of Confucius, are considered a record of the words and acts of the central Chinese thinker and philosopher Confucius and his disciples, as well as the discussions they held.

Written during the Spring and Autumn Period through the Warring States Period (ca. 475 BC – 221 BC), the Analects is the representative work of Confucianism and continues to have a substantial influence on Chinese and East Asian thought and values today.

The Sayings of Confucius Podcast

The Sayings of Confucius

This is Book-on-Tape, so no new episodes come out; but the full book is here.

A treasure trove of wise and pithy sayings, reflections on education, family values, the ideal human being, life and living, politics, art, culture and timeless wisdom, The Sayings of Confucius is indeed an invaluable addition to your bookshelf.

Ever since Chinese literary works first began to be translated into European languages, the works of the legendary Chinese philosopher and teacher Confucius, who lived in present day Qufu in the Shandong province of China, more than two thousand years ago, have held universal appeal.

He was a teacher, philosopher, editor, mentor and politician who lived at some period during 776-476 BC and is credited with editing and writing many texts and treatises.

However, he is best known for his Aphorisms or Sayings. These are compact, perceptive and often witty sayings, which were compiled in a volume of Analects long after his death.

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