September 26, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

China Humanities Seminar – Writing and Reading “Local Court Drama” in Late Imperial China: Texts, Genres, and Identities 

Speaker: Tian Yuan Tan 陳靝沅: Shaw Professor of Chinese, University of Oxford; Professorial Fellow, University College

Recent reprint projects have given researchers much improved access to the vast corpus of Chinese court dramatic texts kept in palace archives and private collections, which in turn presents a challenge: how do we unpack the complex textual web and varied forms contained therein? I am interested in ways of reading court drama in connection with the wider textual and cultural worlds. This talk will focus on a body of texts that I call “local court drama” – playtexts that were presented to the emperor from across various regions, produced on occasions ranging from the celebration of imperial birthdays to welcoming the sovereign on tours. We will look at the textual problems and the generic labels applied, literary models invoked, and identities represented in the process. 
Tian Yuan Tan 陳靝沅 is the Shaw Professor of Chinese at the University of Oxford and a Professorial Fellow of University College. His main areas of research include Chinese literary history and historiography, text and performance, and cross-cultura

May 12, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

He Zhaohui – The Bookwheel: A Cross-Cultural Story

Topics: Speaker: He Zhaohui, Professor, Institute for Advanced Confucian Studies, Shandong University; HYI Visiting Scholar, 2021-2022 Chair/Discussant: Ann Blair, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor, Harvard University More Info: Venue

April 28, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Liu Wenjin – Voice and Salvation: Listening to Ba Jin’s Random Thoughts (《随想录》)

Topics: Speaker: Liu Wenjin, Professor, Department of Chinese Language and Literature, East China Normal University; HYI Visiting Scholar, 2021-2022Chair/Discussants: David Wang, Edward C. Henderson Professor of Chinese Literature, Harvard UniversityJie Li, John …

Liu Wenjin – Voice and Salvation: Listening to Ba Jin’s Random Thoughts (《随想录》)