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Kroll, Paul W

Professor Emerita/Emeritus


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research overview

  • Research is focused on ancient and medieval Chinese texts, particularly as representative of the literature, religious history, and cultural history of the Wei-Jin-Nanbeichao and Tang periods (roughly 3rd to 10th centuries A.D.). More broadly, comparative and interdisciplinary interests in medieval literature both East and West.


  • classical and medieval Chinese language, literature, history, culture, religion


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courses taught

  • CHIN 5070 - Graduate Academic Writing
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Considers the act of academic writing both in terms of mechanics and in terms of habits of effective writers themselves, so that students, building upon a base knowledge of the expectations of the academy, develop approaches to help themselves gain the confidence to excel at the writing required of them in graduate school and beyond.
  • CHIN 5120 - History of Literature through the Ninth Century
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Surveys, with readings in primary and secondary sources, major landmarks in various areas of ancient and medieval literature. Focuses on the classic and most influential works of the Zhou through Tang dynasties. Gives attention to matters of historical fact and actuality as well as to textual and interpretive history.
  • CHIN 5420 - Medieval Poetry
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Studies works of early medieval (ca. 200-600 AD) poetry. Writers and topics vary ranging from surveys of specific genre, shi or fu, or shared subject such as religious or commenmorative verse, or specific periods, to focused studies of particular major figures Cao Zhi, Tao Qian, Li Bo, or Du Fu. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Knowledge of Classical Chinese at the level of CHIN 4220 is required.
  • CHIN 5480 - Topics in Medieval Literature
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Examines a specific problem or issue in medieval literature, e.g., the role of encyclopedias and anthologies in literary training, or the place and forms of literary composition at the imperial court. Topics vary from year to year. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Knowledge of Classical Chinese at the level of CHIN 4220 is required.


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