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Guojun Wang

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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 first book manuscript titled Exile to the Stage: Costuming and Personhood in Early Qing Drama (under contract at Columbia University Press) examines theatrical costuming in drama texts and performances of 17th-century China when the Manchu rulers regulated hairstyle and dress based on ethnicity and gender. The book argues that theatrical costuming provided a productive way to reconnect bodies, clothes, and identities dissociated by political turbulence. Wang’s second book project, tentatively titled Bodies That Still Matter: Forensics and Literature in Late Imperial China, analyzes crime literature and related historical documents to delineate modes of interaction between literary writing and forensic practices in late imperial China.

Wang’s recent publications include “The Inconvenient Imperial Visit: Writing Clothing and Ethnicity in 1684 Qufu” in Late Imperial China (SEC/AAS 2017 article prize), and “Absent Presence: Costuming and Identity in Qing Drama A Ten-thousand Li Reunion” in Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, June 2019 (79/1). His works have been funded by institutions such as the American Council of Learned Societies and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation.

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 principal 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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