CALL FOR MANUSCRIPTS: The Hsu-Tang Library of Classical Chinese Literature

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Oxford University Press is launching a new bilingual library of Classical Chinese literature, thanks to a generous gift from Oscar Tang and Agnes Hsu-Tang. The Hsu-Tang Library of Classical Chinese Literature, modeled after the Loeb Classical Library of Greek and Latin literature, will publish new translations that are both reliable and eminently readable for scholars, students, and the wider public. Detailed introductions and explanatory notes will accompany each volume, providing readers with rich historical and cultural context. In addition to handsome print volumes, the series will host digital versions of the texts on an online platform, available for institutional and individual subscription. These works will be sold and promoted in English- and Chinese-speaking markets throughout the world. In short, the Library will introduce twenty-first-century readers to the literary heritage of one of the world’s great civilizations. The specific goals of the Library are:


  • To give a voice to three millennia of China’s classical literary tradition, from the earliest texts of the Zhou Dynasty (ca. 1046–256 BCE) to the end of Imperial China in 1911
  • To feature classical Chinese literature in its broadest incarnation, ranging from philosophical and religious literature to poetry, fiction, drama, and other literary genres 
  • To expand the canon through lesser known works and works from the greater Sinographic sphere, alongside new translations of major masterpieces


Translators will be generously compensated. For further inquiries and to submit a formal proposal please contact the General Editor Wiebke Denecke (, the Executive Editor Lucas Klein (, and OUP Commissioning Editor Stefan Vranka (