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  • Haihong Yang, Associate Professor of Chinese

    Associate Professor of Chinese
    University of Delaware
    109 Jastak-Burgess Hall
    Newark, DE 19716


    Haihong Yang is Associate Professor of Chinese Studies and Asian Studies at the University of Delaware. She specializes in Chinese women's literature and culture and literary translation. Her book Women's Poetry and Poetic in Late Imperial China: A Dialogic Engagement (Lexington Books, 2017) examines women-authored poems and poetic criticism in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties. In this book, she explores the poetic forms and devices women poets employed and analyzes how they asserted their own agency to negotiate their literary, social, and political concerns. She also investigates the interactions between women's poetic creations and existing male scholars' discourses and probes how these interactions generated innovative self-identities and renovations in poetic forms and aesthetics. She has published essays in Chinese Literature:  Essays, Articles, Reviews (CLEAR), Tamkang Review, and Nan Nü: Men, Women, and Gender in China. Currently she is working on two book manuscripts one of which is about women and history in Chinese cultural products. The other project is a comparative study of British and Chinese women's poetry in the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries.

    Haihong Yang's teaching interests include Chinese language classes of all levels, and courses of Chinese literature and culture in translation. She is currently offering a courses of translation between Chinese and English.


    Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of Iowa, 2010

    B.A. English, Fudan University, China, 1995


    Women's Poetry and Poetic in Late Imperial China: A Dialogic Engagement Lexington Books, 2017

    Women's Poetry and Poetic in Late Imperial China is the first research monograph on how women writers in late imperial China contributed to the evolution and expansion of the literary genres of lyric poetry and poetic criticism. Focusing on the interactions between women's poetic creations and the predominant (male) literati writing tradition, the book explores the poetic forms in which women wrote and investigates the poetic devices which women innovatively employed to create agency and negotiate their literary, social, and political concerns. It recognizes the contributions of women-authored poems and criticism to the construction and evolution of a distinct women's poetic tradition. It argues that gentry-class women used lyric poetry and poetic criticism as an important vehicle to engage themselves in the construction and modification of important discourses, be they cultural, social, or political.

    "This engaging monograph on women's poetic practice in late imperial China provides fresh insights into historical women's gendered intervention into the mainstream literary tradition. Through astute analysis of exemplary works, Haihong Yang skillfully shows how women succeeded in appropriating a long-established poetic language to make their writing a new and vital part of China's literary legacy well-deserving of recognition." — Grace S. Fong, McGill University's-Poetry-and-Poetics-in-Late-Imperial-China-A-Dialogic-Engagement

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  • Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
  • Jastak-Burgess Hall
  • University of Delaware
  • 30 East Main St.
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-2591