Heng Du (Ph. D. in Chinese History, Harvard University) is a book historian and a scholar of Early China, focusing on the transformations of textual and literary cultures during the formation of early empires from 300 BCE to 100 CE. Her book project, provisionally entitled The Author’s Two Bodies in Early Chinese Textual Culture, adapts the concept of “paratext" as an analytical tool for the study of early authorship and textual identity. She is currently working on a Chinese translation of book 6 of Ovid’s Fasti as part of the “Translating the Complete Corpus of Ovid’s Poetry into Chinese with Commentaries” project. For her future research, she is interested in the comparative study of book cultures in the ancient world. Du received her M.A. (Chinese literature) from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a B. A. (classics / comparative literature) from Cornell University.
This course introduces students to East Asia in pre-modern times -- its histories, cultures, literature, languages and scripts, and philosophies. While focusing primarily on China, Japan, and the Korean Peninsula, this course helps students understand what has been historically shared among these East Asian societies, and yet how East Asia has always been diverse and heterogeneous. In so doing, it also aims to engage students in debunking popular myths about East Asia -- particularly pre-modern East Asia -- as an exotic and homogeneous place, and understanding today's East Asia in its historical context.
Introduction to pre-20th-century Chinese styles through readings in classical Chinese literature.
Introduction to pre-20th-century Chinese styles through readings in classical Chinese literature. Graduate-level requirements include additional assignments relating to translation skill and research methodology.