I specialize in classical Chinese literature of the Tang, Five Dynasties, and Northern Song eras. My particular interests include literary history and the emergence of new literary genres and styles in late medieval China; the sociology of literature; and the role of emotions in classical literature. My first book, Crafting a Collection: The Cultural Contexts and Poetic Practice of the Collection from among the Flowers (Huajian ji), published by the Harvard Asia Center, examined the emergence of the song lyric in a path-breaking anthology. My recent book, One Who Knows Me: Friendship and Literary Culture in Mid-Tang China, explores the literary performance of friendship in ninth-century China through a wide range of genres, including letters, prefaces, exchange poetry, and funerary texts. Other recent and forthcoming publications investigate emotions in medieval letters; the compilation of anthologies of Tang literature in the Northern Song; and the cultural influence of Tang dynasty anecdote collections. I’ve served as President of the T’ang Studies Society since 2011, and I am an editorial board member of the Library of Chinese Humanities Chinese-English translation series, published by De Gruyter. Before coming to Princeton, I taught at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where I served both as Director of the Honors College (2007-2011) and as associate professor in the Dept. of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communications (2007-2015), and at the University of Arizona (1999-2006). I’m currently working on a new book that traces the shaping of the Tang dynasty literary legacy during the Five Dynasties and Northern Song.
Chinese drama (classical and modern), comparative drama, politics and theater, literary translation
Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, Modern Chinese Poetry, Chinese Visual Art, Urban Culture, comparative Modernisms
philosophy and literature in comparative perspective; early Chinese thought and contemporary Chinese fiction; medical humanities; modern and traditional Chinese literature, literature and medicine, comparative literature (Chinese, French, Russian, Japanese, and North American), literary theory, theories of narrative; East Asian humanities; poetry; ecocriticism; nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-first-century Russian literature.
Modern Chinese literature, environmental humanities
Chinese literature, Ming and Qing fiction, translation studies
My research focuses on literature produced in late medieval and early-modern Japan. In 2017 I published the first English-language, book-length monograph on the prose works of Ihara Saikaku (1642–1693), who is widely held to be the most important writer of fiction in early Tokugawa-period Japan. While pursuing my doctorate in Japanese at Stanford, I concurrently completed a Ph.D. minor in Comparative Literature, with extensive study of Classics and literature in French. My work in these areas continues to inform my approach to texts written in Japanese. As a member of MLA I seek dialogue with scholars of other literatures, and I am very interested in forming transnational panels with colleagues working on texts produced both in countries neighboring Japan and beyond East Asia.
Greek and Roman Drama and Theater; Aeschylus; Euripides and the Trojan War; Vergil; The Classical Tradition in Literature and the Arts; German Classicism (Goethe, Schiller, Kleist); Philosophy and Literature
Religion in China
Chinese conceptions of race and diversity
Religious literature and religion in literature