ANU Classical and Literary Chinese Reading Group

ciw_logoExtraordinary Session – ANU Classical and Literary Chinese Reading Group
10.00am-12.00pm, Monday 19 December 2016
Library, The Australian Centre on China in the World, ANU

The ANU Classical and Literary Chinese Reading Group will host Professor Haun Saussy (University of Chicago) for an extraordinary session on Monday 19 December. Professor Saussy will lead a close reading of selections from Zhuang zi 莊子, with a particular focus on the chapter ‘Mountain Trees’ (‘Shan mu’ 山木). All are welcome to attend.

Professor Saussy’s research interests span Classical Chinese poetry and commentary; literary theory; the comparative study of oral traditions; problems of translation; pre-twentieth-century media history; and the ethnography and ethics of medical care. He has held a University Professorship at the University of Chicago since 2011. He previously taught at UCLA, Stanford, Yale, the City University of Hong Kong, the Université de Paris-III, and the University of Otago. He was president (2009-2011) of the American Comparative Literature Association and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the author or co-author of several books on Chinese literature, aesthetics, and philosophy: The Problem of a Chinese Aesthetic (Stanford, 1993), about traditions of commentary on Shi jing (Book of Songs); Great Walls of Discourse and Other Adventures in Cultural China (Harvard University Asia Center, 2001), an account of ways of knowing in Chinese and foreign scholarship on China; and Introducing Comparative Literature (London: Routledge, 2015), written with César Dominguez and Darío Villanueva. He has also edited a number of collections on Chinese literature and thought. His most recent books are The Ethnography of Rhythm: Orality and Its Technologies (New York: Fordham University Press, 2016), which discusses the history of the concept of oral literature through its relations to psychology, linguistics, literature and folklore; and The Selected Essays of Li Zhi (Columbia University Press, 2016), edited and translated with Rivi Handler-Spitz and Pauline Chen Lee.

This event has been supported by the Australian Centre on China in the World.