Savage Exchange: Han Imperialism, Chinese Literary Style, and the Economic Imagination. Cambridge: Harvard University Press,  2014.  Winner of 2016 American Comparative Literature Association’s Harry Levin Prize; 2016 Association for Asian Studies’ Joseph Levenson Pre-1900 Book Prize Honorable Mention

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1.  Journal of Chinese Studies 《中國文化研究所學報》 61 (July 2015): 325-340 by Lothar von Falkenhausen, freely available online at:

2. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 78.3 (October 2015): 646 – 648

3. Journal of the American Oriental Society 135.2 (April–June 2015): 414-417

4. Click here for a New Books Network podcast interview with Prof. Carla Nappi about Savage Exchange (1/2015):

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Selected Articles

  • “Colonization, Sinicization, and the Multigraphic Northwest.” In Oxford Handbook of Classical Chinese Literature (1000 BCE-900 CE), edited by Wiebke Denecke, Wai-yee Li and Xiaofei Tian. Forthcoming 2017.
  • “What is Imperial Cosmopolitanism? Legacies of kosmopolitēs, politēs tou kosmou, and kosmios” In Cosmopolitanism and Empire: Universal Rulers, Local Elites and Cultural Integration in the Ancient Near East and Mediterranean, edited by Myles Lavan, Richard Payne and John Weisweiler. 129–151. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • “Anti-Colonial Metrics: Homeric Time in an Indian Prison, ca. 1909.” In English Literary History 81.3 (Fall 2014): 1029-1053.
  • “Commentary on Moin: Eurasian History, Comparative Literature, Haptology.” In Fragments: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Ancient and Medieval Pasts Vols. 3-4 (2013-2014): 30-36


Submitted or in Progress

The Invention of the Silk Road (book in progress)

“Poetics of Money in Early China” (article in progress)


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