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Guojun Wang

260 Buttrick

Assistant Professor of Asian Studies

Guojun Wang specializes in early modern Chinese literature and culture, with a particular interest in the intersections between writing, performance, materiality, gender, and legal practices. His first book, Staging Personhood: Costuming in Early Qing Drama (Columbia University Press, 2020), examines theatrical costuming in 17th-century China when the Manchu rulers regulated hairstyles and clothing based on ethnicity and gender. The book argues that theatrical costuming provided a productive way to reconnect bodies, clothing, and identities dissociated by political turbulence during China’s dynastic transition. He is currently working on a book project about dead bodies in forensic literature of early modern China.

Wang’s recent publications include “The Prefatory Self: Portraits of the Author in Traditional Chinese Drama” (T’oung Pao, 2021), “Absent Presence: Costuming and Identity in Qing Drama A Ten-thousand Li Reunion” (Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies, 2019), “Dressing Self and Others in the Poetry of Kong Shangren” (Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews, 2019), and “The Inconvenient Imperial Visit: Writing Clothing and Ethnicity in 1684 Qufu” (Late Imperial China, 2016).

His works have been funded by institutions such as the American Council of Learned Societies, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, the American Society for Theatre Research, and the James P. Geiss and Margaret Y. Hsu Foundation.

Wang teaches widely on Chinese literature, culture, and Asian diaspora. His courses cover both the pre-modern and modern periods and involve Chinese literature in all its principal genres.

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
ASIA 3333 Overseas Encounters: Reading the World through Students Abroad       


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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