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.

Winter 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.

Winter 2017

ASIA515A Topics in Early Vernacular Modern Chinese Literature - TPCS EARLY V CHN Sections