I. Introduction to Department or Program


I. PROFESSIONAL AFFLIATION AND CONTACT INFORMATION



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I. PROFESSIONAL AFFLIATION AND CONTACT INFORMATION


Department of Foreign Languages

Central Washington University

Ellensburg, WA 98926

(509) 962-4519

Email: meic@cwu.edu

II. EDUCATION

Washington University in Saint Louis


Ph.D., Chinese and Comparative Literature, December 2005.

Dissertation: “Playful Theatricals: Performativity and Theatricality in Late

Imperial Chinese Narrative”

University of Tsukuba


Scholarship from Association of International Education, Japan (AIEJ), Fall 2003
Washington University in Saint Louis

M.A., Chinese Literature, December 2000

Thesis: “Heroism as Performance: An Analysis of Chinese Heroism

in Shuihu zhuan


Beijing University, Beijing, People’s Republic of China

B.A., English Language and Literature, July 1998



III. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE




Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Chinese, Department of Foreign Languages, Central Washington University, September 2006-Present




IV. TEACHING EXPERIENCES




A. Teaching Interests and Specialties


First through Fourth Level Integrated Mandarin Chinese

Classical Chinese


Introduction to Traditional Chinese Literature Survey of Chinese Narratives

The Weaving of Stories Heroes in Chinese Literature

Chinese Life-Writing Chinese Theater

Chinese Film Modern Chinese Literature




Central Washington University, Department of Foreign Languages


Courses:

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

Publication


“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.

Creative Works:


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
G. Other
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


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