Major Research Interests
Research Interest: Chinese vernacular literature of the late imperial period, both fiction and drama.
M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Chinese Literature, from Columbia University. New York. N. Y.
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.