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.