Major Research Interests

Research Interest: Chinese vernacular literature of the late imperial period, both fiction and drama.

Educational Background

 M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Chinese Literature, from Columbia University. New York. N. Y.

Major Publications

 1. Peony Pavilion Onstage: Four Centuries in the Career of a Chinese Drama. Ann Arbor:
Center for Chinese Studies, 2002.
2. ” Peony Pavilion On the Stage and in the Study,” introduction to Cyril Birch, trans.. The Peony
Pavilion. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 2002, rev. ed.
3. “Plum and Portrait: Feng Menglong’s Revision of The Peony Pavilion.” Asia Major, 3rd ser., 6:
1 (1993): 127-60.
Current Research: A project on Yueju (Shaoxing opera), focusing on its history as a form of
all-female musical drama in China.
Pre-modern Chinese vernacular literature. Currently working on a study of two Ming dynasty playwrights.

Summer 2017

ASIA342 Chinese Literature in Translation: The Vernacular Tradition Sections

Readings in drama and fiction, 800 to 1800 AD. The emergence of vernacular genres as distinct from and sometimes opposed to the existing classical genres.

Instructor(s): Swatek, Catherine
Summer 2017

ASIA352 Topics in Traditional Chinese Vernacular Literature Sections

Traditional Chinese culture as seen through reading and discussion of exemplary literary works in the vernacular language.

Instructor(s): Swatek, Catherine
Summer 2017

ASIA441A Masterworks of Chinese Fiction and Drama in Translation - CHIN FIC&DRAM TR Sections

Reading of a classic novel or play, with attention to intellectual, social, and political subtexts as well as aesthetic dimensions and problems of interpretation.

Instructor(s): Swatek, Catherine
Summer 2017

ASIA515B Topics in Early Vernacular Modern Chinese Literature - TPCS EARLY V CHN Sections

Instructor(s): Swatek, Catherine
Summer 2017

ASIA580A Directed Readings - DIRECTED READING Sections

Courses Taught at UBC

 Chinese 200: Intermediate Chinese
Chinese 450-451: Pre-Modem Chinese Fiction I & II
Arts I
Asia 341: Classical Chinese Literature in Translation
Asia 342: Chinese Literature in Translation: The Vernacular Tradition
Asia 352: Topics in Traditional Chinese Vernacular Literature
Asia 501: Research Methods and Source Materials in Classical Chinese
Studies
Asia 515: Topics in Early Vernacular Modern Chinese Literature