Congratulations to Wai-yee Li, Professor of Chinese Literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, who has been named a 2018 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow!

Professor Li’s recent annotated translationwith Stephen Durrant and David Schaberg of Zuozhuan, entitled Zuo Tradition/Zuozhuan: Commentary on the “Spring and Autumn Annals” (2016) received the Patrick D. Hanan Translation Book Prize from the Association of Asian Studies in 2018.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation writes:

As a Guggenheim Fellow, Li will be completing a book on the intersections of material culture, aesthetics, literature, and intellectual history in late imperial China. Entitled “The Paradoxes of Things: Life and Art in Late Imperial China,” it focuses on the period spanning late sixteenth to late seventeenth century because of its rich sources on material culture and its interest in recording the perception and experience of things. The fall of the Ming dynasty (1644) brings into sharp focus the paradoxical concerns underlying the discourses on things: How can things be both external and internal? How can their meanings be both social and idiosyncratic? Why is “the real thing” an elusive or expendable ideal? How can one own what is irrevocably lost? Her book explores whether and how a new discourse of things marks a turning point in Chinese history and literature.

Wai-yee Li joins previous Guggenheim Fellows from the Fairbank Center, including Leonard van der Kuijp (2016), Susan Greenhalgh (2016), Merle Goldman (1987), Steven Owen (1986), Philip Kuhn (1974), and John K. Fairbank (1951, 1959).

Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies