• Assistant Professor of Pre-Modern Chinese Literature
  • 2 Divinity Avenue | Cambridge MA 02138

Thomas Kelly is the Assistant Professor of Pre-Modern Chinese Literature at the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. He is a scholar of late imperial Chinese literature. His research attends to the interplay between the literary imagination and Chinese visual and material cultures in the early modern period. He is currently completing a monograph that examines practices of inscribing everyday objects in late Ming and early Qing China. The book considers how prominent writers spoke through things, exploring new modes of literary impersonation, commercial branding, and political expression. He has related interests in the history of writing technologies, text-image relations, Chinese theater, and premodern media studies.

Professor Kelly received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2017 and BA from the University of Oxford in 2009. Before joining Harvard, he was a Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan. His research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Franke Institute for the Humanities.

研究兴趣:文学

陶明教授是明清中國文學學家。主要研究明末清初文學與視覺和物質文化。陶明于牛津大學獲得本科學位,于芝加哥大學完成博士學位。在加入哈佛大學東亞系之前,他是密歇根大學研究員協會的研究員。

“The Death of an Artisan: Su Shi and Inkmaking,” Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies (forthcoming).

“Paper Trails: Fang Yongbin (1542–1608) and the Material Culture of Calligraphy,” Journal of Chinese History 中國歷史學刊, 3.2 (July 2019), Special Issue on Material Cultures.

“Putting on a Play in an Underworld Courtroom: the “Mingpan” (Infernal Judgment) Scene in Tang Xianzu’s Mudan ting (Peony Pavilion),” CHINOPERL: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literature 32.2 (December 2013): 131–155.

Review of Design by the Book: Chinese Ritual Objects and the Sanli tu, by François Louis, East Asian Publishing and Society Vol. 8, Issue 1 (2018): 99–103.

Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies