Modern and Contemporary Chinese Society and Literature;
Chinese Literature in Translation;
Twentieth-Century Chinese Literature;
First Year Chinese; Second Year Chinese;
University of Missouri-Saint Louis, Department of Foreign Languages
August 2002-May 2003.
Courses Taught: First Year and Second Year Chinese
Washington University, Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures
TA in Chinese Language: 2001-2002, 1998-2000.
Courses Taught: First Year Chinese: March-May, 1999.
V. SCHOLARLY ACTIVITY
A. Research Interests and Specialties
Late Imperial Chinese fiction and theater; theatricality and identity politics; body and physiognomy; life writing; history of reading; gender theory; material culture.
B. Current Projects
Research Project: “Revealing Bodies: The Physiognomic Imagination in Late Imperial Chinese Fiction”
A book-length study of the influence of body indexation in physiognomic tracts upon character types, literary portraitures, bodily features, and body movements in late imperial fiction as a source of systematic body knowledge and language.
“Playful Theatricals: Performativity and Theatricality in Late Imperial Chinese Narrative.” Book manuscript in progress for submission to Stanford University Press.
Translation: Shiqi shiji Zhongguo xiaoshuo (The Novel in Seventeenth Century China) by Robert Hegel (New York: Columbia University Press, 1981), in progress for submission to Beijing University Press.
C. Presentations and Publications
“The Death of An Actress: Woman and Performance in Late Imperial Chinese Narrative.” Under review, Nannü: Men, Women and Gender in Early and Imperial China “Garlic and Vinegar: The Prosimetric Form and Ming-Qing Fiction.” Under review, Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, and Reviews Conference Papers and Presentations
“Corporeality and Historicity: Physiognomic Acts in Early Chinese Historical Writing,” 61st Annual Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention, October 4-6, 2007.
“Poeticizing Theater in Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century China,” 54th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, September 23-25, 2005.
“Making an ‘Authentic’ Theatrical Copy in ‘The Crazy Drummer’,” 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, March 31-April 3, 2005.
“Reading Commentaries on Fiction: The Politics of Pleasure and Anxiety as Reading Habits in Seventeenth-Century China,” 55th Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, March 27-30, 2003.
“The Commentarial Practice and Community of Reading in Late Imperial China,” 14th Annual Comparative Literature Graduate Student Symposium at Washington University in Saint Louis, 2003.
“The Narrative Significance of Verse: Policing Voices in ‘The Pearl Shirt Reencountered’,” Midwest Conference on Asian History and Culture, May 3-4, 2002; and 51st Annual Meeting of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, September 27-29, 2002.
“Heroism as Performance: The Dynamic of Performers, Audiences in Shuihu zhuan,” 12th Annual Comparative Literature Graduate Student Symposium at Washington University in Saint Louis, 2001.
Fiction, “Ruo Ye 若夜” (The Night is Young), Shijie ribao 世界日報 (the largest Diaspora Chinese newspaper): May 19-30, 2004.
Fiction, “Baomihua 爆米花” (Popcorn), Shijie ribao: June 14-16, 2002.
F. Honors and Awards
Washington University in St. Louis
Dissertation Fellowship, 2004-2005
Department of Asian and Near Eastern Languages and Literatures Annual Stanley Spector Memorial Award from the for “Reading Commentaries in
Fiction: The Politics of Pleasure and Anxiety as Reading Habits in
Seventeenth Century China,” Spring 2002
Nominated for the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence, 2002-2003.
University Fellowship, 2000-2001
Midwest Conference on Asian History and Culture, the Ohio State University: The Michio Nagai Award for “The Narrative Significance of Verse: Policing Voices in ‘The Pearl Shirt Reencountered’,” Spring 2002
Washington University in Saint Louis
Mellon Dissertation Seminar in Literature and History: Identity: From Individual Crisis to Collective Politics (Convener: Gerald Izenberg), Summer 2003
Mellon Dissertation Seminar in Literature and History: The Study of Elite and Popular Cultures in Early Modern East Asia (Convener: Robert E. Hegel), Summer 2002