Associate Professor, Faculty of Arts - East Asian Studies Dept
Chair, Faculty of Arts - East Asian Studies Dept
I specialize in comparative approaches to classical Chinese literature and intellectual history, addressing topics of how reading and writing practices are conceived and contextualized in ancient and medieval China, and how these compare to European modes of textuality.
In my recent book, Dao and Sign in History, these interests take the form of an investigation of Daoist semiotics: the first part of the work discusses this tradition in comparison with Continental philosophy of the relation of language to ethics, and the second examines the historical uses of Daoist semiotic thought in Six Dynasties China.
Currently, I am working on a book about the effect of printing on the changing character of Song dynasty reading and intellectual life.
I also do have subsidiary research interests in modern Chinese literature, as well as in European literatures, and often teach these topics, as well as courses in literary theory, at the undergraduate level. However, I only accept new graduate students who are planning to work on topics in Chinese literature or philosophy from the Warring States period through the Southern Song dynasty.
EASIA 239 - Daoism and Chinese Civilization
Classical Chinese Daoist thought and its influence on the later history and culture of China.
EASIA 599 - Directed Reading in East Asian Studies
May be repeated for credit when course content differs. Prerequisite: Consent of Department.
Research - Co-Editor, Routledge Studies in Comparative Chinese Literature and Culture
May 2020 to Ongoing
Routledge Studies in Comparative Chinese Literature and Culture is a new scholarly series intended to bridge Anglophone and Sinophone discussions of Chinese literary and cultural engagements with the rest of the world. Proposals for innovative, high-quality research on any subject within this field are welcome.
Research - Founding Chair, MLA Forum in pre-14th Century Chinese Literature
20180101 to 20181231
I organized the MLA forum in pre-14th century Chinese literature, and served as the first chair of the forum.
Admin - President, Association of Chinese and Comparative Literature
20171101 to 20190801