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Guojun Wang


Office: 260 Buttrick
Phone: 615-343-1714

Assistant Professor of Asian Studies

Guojun Wang specializes in late imperial Chinese literature. His research interests include Chinese vernacular literature with a focus on drama, book culture, materiality, and writing as a social practice. His current book project examines theatrical costuming in drama texts and performances in the 17th-century China when the Manchu rulers regulated hairstyle and dress based on ethnicity and gender. The book argues that theatrical costuming was a way to reassemble the disrupted body, clothes, and individual identities during the dynastic transition. Wang’s other research projects consider writings about ritual and chastity in late imperial China, and technology and newspaper in the modern era. Wang’s recent publications include a forthcoming article titled “The Inconvenient Imperial Visit: Writing Clothing and Ethnicity in 1684 Qufu” in Late Imperial China, and an edited 17th-century Chinese drama. Wang teaches widely on Chinese literature. His courses cover both the pre-modern and modern periods (36 centuries) and involve Chinese literature in all its principle genres. His courses explore such themes as self and society, gender and writing, and romance and violence.

Current Courses:

ASIA 2605 Romancing the Nation in Modern Chinese Literature
ASIA 2606 The Martial Tradition in Chinese Literature
ASIA 2607 Self and Society in Pre-Modern Chinese Literature
ASIA 2608 Chinese Drama: 13th-20th Centuries
ASIA 2609W Writing and Gender in Traditional China       


Ph.D., Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Yale University, 2015.
M.A., Classical Chinese Philology, Beijing Normal University, 2009.
B.A., Chinese Language and Literature, Beijing Normal University, 2006. 

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