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December 15, 2010

Winter 2011 CCS Noon Lecture Series - Xiaofei Tian


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Xiaofei Tian
Professor of Chinese Literature, Harvard University

Castration for the People: The Structure of Violence in Hao Ran’s (1932-2008) Fiction

January 18, 2011
Tuesday 12 noon to 1:00 pm
Room 1636 School of Social Work Building
1080 South University

Hao Ran, the epic poet of socialist China, was the most popular writer of the Cultural Revolution period (1966-1976). His novels depicting rural north China, Bright Sky and Great Road of Golden Light, have sold millions of copies in the 1960s and 1970s. Focusing on one of Hao Ran’s short stories, this talk analyzes the structure of violence in Hao Ran’s fiction.

Xiaofei Tian received her B.A. from Beijing University in 1989 and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University in 1998. Her research interests include Chinese literature and culture, manuscript culture, book history, the history of ideas, and world literature. Her major research field is the literature, social history and cultural history of early medieval China. She has also published and taught courses on classical vernacular fiction, the literature of the Republican era, the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), and contemporary Chinese literary and cultural issues. She is the author of Tao Yuanming and Manuscript Culture: The Record of a Dusty Table (2005) and Beacon Fire and Shooting Star: The Literary Culture of the Liang (502-557) (2007). Her Chinese publications include a book on the sixteenth-century Chinese novel The Plum in the Golden Vase, a book on Sappho, a book on the Moorish Spain, a collection of articles on premodern and modern Chinese literature and culture, and several works of translation. She is also a writer who published several books of poetry and essays. Her new book, Visionary Journeys: Travel Writings from Early Medieval and Nineteenth-century China, is forthcoming from Harvard University Asia Center Press. She is currently working on a book manuscript on nostalgia for the Three Kingdoms period, as well as a study and translation of a late nineteenth-century manuscript on the traumatic childhood memory of the Taiping Rebellion.

Posted by zzhu at December 15, 2010 03:35 PM