I study the culture of early and medieval China, with research interests in literature, art history, religion, and medical thought. I am currently working on two book projects, one on narratives of health and illness in Early Medieval Chinese Literature, a second one on early medieval Chinese poetics with a focus on literary imagination.
pre-modern Chinese literature and thought, early and early medieval China, poetics, criticism, medical and illness narratives, epistolary culture, notions of nature and wilderness, sleep and dreams, Chinese art and material culture, manuscript culture & popular print culture
CHIN 4220 - Readings in Classical Chinese
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
Close reading of selected texts of ancient and medieval literature. Readings in both prose and poetry. Emphasizes a disciplined, philological approach to the texts, with proper attention to diction, tone, and nuance.
CHIN 5010 - Sinological Methods
Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020
Provides training in research methods for graduate work in Sinology. Regular exercises require students to use standard bibliographic sources and tools, such as leishu, congshu, specialized dictionaries, dynastic histories, geographical treatises, gazetteers, and private historiography. Knowledge of Classical Chinese at the level of CHIN 4220 is required.
CHIN 5030 - Readings in Pre-Modern Chinese Literary Theory
Introduces the field of pre-modern Chinese literary theory and its relevance in Chinese intellectual history. Based on the close reading of primary sources, i.e. typically on selected core texts of Chinese literary thought, as well as on the reading of secondary literature. Texts and topics vary from year to year.
CHIN 5410 - Medieval Prose
Studies works of early medieval (ca. 200-600 AD) and/or late medieval (600-900 AD) prose that played an important role in development of Chinese literature. Writers and topics vary, ranging from surveys of specific genre, literary essays, proto-fiction, or historical writings, to focused studies of major figures Liu Zhiji, Han Yu, or Liu Zongyuan. 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
Spring 2018 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
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.