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Faculty – John C.Y. Wang

Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies

Curriculum Vitae

Research Areas

  • Early Chinese historical narratives
  • Chinese novel and drama
  • Narrative theory
  • Literary criticism


  • Ph.D. (Cornell University, 1968)
  • M.A. (University of Minnesota, 1962)
  • B.A. (National Taiwan University, 1957)

Selected Publications


  • From Zuozhuan to Shiji: The Art of Early Chinese Narrative (forthcoming).
  • Classical Chinese Primer (with F.S. Hsueh, Jiang Shaoyu and Sue-mei Wu). Hong Kong: Chinese University of Hong Kong Press, 2007 (2 vols.)
  • Jin Shengtan: His Life and Literary Criticism (Shanghai: Shanghai Classics Publishing House, 2004, in both Chinese and English)
  • Studies in Early Chinese Narrative (Shanghai: Shanghai Classics Publishing House, 2003, in Chinese)
  • Essays on Early Chinese Narrative (Taipei: Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica, l999 and 2001, in Chinese)
  • Chinese Literary Criticism of the Ch'ing Period (1644-1911) (Editor and Contributor) (Hong Kong: The University of Hong Kong Press, 1993)
  • "Chin Sheng-t'an on How to Read the Shui-hu chuan" (a translation), How to Read the Chinese Novel, ed. David Rolston (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990), pp. 124-145
  • Essays on the Zuozhuan and the Traditional Chinese Novel (Beijing: Peking University Press, 1989, in Chinese and Chinese translations)


  • "The Use of Western Learning in Chinese Studies: A Rereading of James J.Y. Liu's Art of Chinese Poetry," Newsletter of the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philsophy (Academia Sinica), 18:4 (in Chinese)
  • "Comments on the Shiji in the Shiji pinglin—The Biography of General Li Guang as Example," Studies in Chinese Literature (Fudan University), No. 10 (Dec., 2007) 44-52 (in Chinese)
  • "Studies on Jin Shengtan: A Critical Review," Ming-Qing Studies: Examinations of Current Progress and Reflections on Methodology, ed. Lee Cheuk Yin. Hong Kong: Hong Kong Educational Books Co., 2006, 114-134 (in Chinese)
  • "'Redundancy' as an Artistic Device in The Dream of the Red Chamber," Journal of Oriental Studies, 38:1&2 (May, 2005), 1-15.
  • Translation of the episode of "Wu Sung Fights the Tiger" (with Chin Sheng-t'an's comments) from the novel Shui-hu chuan for The Columbia Anthology of Chinese Literature, ed. Victor Mair. New York: Columbia University Press, 1995, 997-1007.
  • "Lu Xun as a Scholar of Traditional Chinese Literature," Lu Xun and His Legacy, ed. Leo Ou-fan Lee (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1985), pp. 90-103.


  • Chinese language courses at all levels
  • Chinese Fiction and Drama in Translation
  • Chinese Myths, Legends, and Folktales (in translation)
  • The Chinese Hero (Freshman Seminar)
  • Traditional Chinese Fiction: The Short Story
  • Traditional Chinese Fiction: The Novel; Traditional Chinese Drama
  • Proseminar
  • Seminar in Chinese Literary Criticism
  • Seminar on the Zuozhuan

Professional Activities

  • Member of Editorial Board, Journal of Oriental Studies (The University of Hong Kong), 2003-
  • Member of Editorial Board, Studies in Confucianism and East Asian Civilization Series, National Taiwan University, 2001-
  • Member of Advisory Committee, Center for Comparative Literary Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, 2000-
  • Member of Advisory Committee, Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy, Academia Sinica, 1993-
  • Member of Panel on Humanities, University Grants Committee, Hong Kong, 1996
  • Board Director, Association for Asian Studies, 1978-1981
  • Chair of China and Inner Asia Council, Association for Asian Studies, 1979-1981
  • Chair of Comparative Literature 9: Oriental-Western Literary Relations, Modern Language Association of America
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