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«HIGHEST DEGREE 2009 Ph.D. in Chinese Literature, Stanford University Dissertation: Ritual into Play: The Aesthetic Transformations of Qing Court ...»

Dr. Liana Chen

Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Literature

Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures

George Washington University

Rome Hall 469 801 22nd Street, N.W., Washington DC 20052

Tel: 202/994-9277 E-Mail: liachen@gwu.edu

HIGHEST DEGREE

2009 Ph.D. in Chinese Literature, Stanford University

Dissertation: Ritual into Play: The Aesthetic Transformations of Qing Court Theatre

Advisor: John C. Y. Wang, Edward Clark Crossett Professor of Humanistic Studies Committee members: John C. Y. Wang, Yiqun Zhou, Sophie Volpp

ADDITIONAL EDUCATION

2003 Chinese Language Pedagogy Training, Summer Program East Asian Concentration, Ohio State University 2002- Exchange Scholar, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations 2003 Harvard University 2000 Certificate, Centre internationale d’etudes de langues, Strasbourg, France 1999 Master of Arts in Drama and Theatre, National Taiwan University 1994 Bachelor of Science in Psychology, National Taiwan University

EMPLOYMENT

George Washington University 2010 -- Assistant Professor of Chinese 2010 -- Research affiliate, Sigur Center for Asian Studies Pennsylvania State University 2008 -- 2010 Senior Lecturer in Chinese and Coordinator of the Chinese language curriculum Asian Studies Program (new home for the Chinese Program) 2006 – 2010 Coordinator, Summer Intensive Chinese Language Institute 2005 – 2010 Coordinator, Chinese Curriculum Supervisor of the Chinese Internship Program Coordinator, Chinese Proficiency Certification Supervisor of Full- and Part-time Lecturers and Graduate Instructors 2005 – 2008 Full-time Lecturer in Chinese, Department of Comparative Literature Stanford University Summer 2004 Graduate Instructor, Department of Asian Languages 2000-2002 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Asian Languages Chen, vita 2

RESEARCH and TEACHING FIELDS

Traditional and modern Chinese drama and fiction; performance theory; ritual; Chinese cinema;

Kunqu opera in theory and practice; traditional and modern East Asian literature and film in comparative contexts; classical Chinese

SUMMARY

• 8 years of full-time teaching and research experience • 1 monograph on performance history of Peony Pavilion, forthcoming (National Taiwan University Press) • 1 monograph on the ideological constructions of empire and theatre in the Qing dynasty, supported by a major ACLS fellowship

• publications on the Empress Dowager Cixi, Qing ritual drama, and Chinese opera conventions

• a specialist of Qing-dynasty court theatre, Tang Xianzu studies, and traditional Chinese drama especially kunqu opera

MONOGRAPH

Cong antou dao qushu: Mudan ting Ming Qing wenren zhi quanshi gaibian yu wutai yishu zhi dijin 從案頭 明清文人之詮釋改編與舞台藝術之遞進 (From desktop to the red Carpet:

到氍毹 《牡丹亭》 : Peony Pavilion, the literati’s adaptations and the transformation of its theatrical representations).

Taipei: National Taiwan University Press. Forthcoming.

REFEREED JOURNAL ARCITLES

"The Empress Dowager as Dramaturg: Reinventing Late-Qing Court Theatre." Nan Nü: Men, Women and Gender in Early and Imperial China 14.1 (2012): 21-46.

"Homeward Odyssey: Theatrical Reframing of 'The Rakshas and the Sea Market.'" Journal of Chinese Ritual, Theatre and Folklore 140 (2003): 279-307.

"Mudan ting Jingmeng zhi huashen yanchu kao (The Genesis and Transformation of the 'Flower Spirits Dancing' in The Peony Pavilion)." Journal of The National Institute for Compilation and Translation 27.2 (2000): 97-112.

"Qing zhongye kunju biaoyan yishu zhi zaixian—Shenyin jiangu lu xilun (The Representation of Kunqu Performance in Mid Qing-- A Study On Shenyin jiangu lu)." Bulletin of Fu-Hsing Academy of Theatre Arts 23 (1998): 71-96.

"Kunqu Opera Activities in Taiwan," Lan Kan. Beijing: China Kunju Study Assembly. No. 1 (1996):

62. [in Chinese].

JOURNAL SPECIAL ISSUE

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REFEREED BOOK CHAPTERS

Critical introduction and translation. “Lady Macbeth: A Sichuan Opera” by Xu Fen, Shakespearean Adaptations in East Asia: A Critical Anthology of Shakespearean Plays in China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan, ed. Ryuta Minami (Routledge, in press).

"Zhishang qushu—Shenyin jiangu lu zuowei yuedu wenben de meixue yiyi (Red Carpet on the Page:

The Aesthetics of Shenyin jiangu lu)." Mingjia lun Kunqu (Essays on Kunqu by Leading Scholars), 2 vols. Vol. 2, ed. Hong Weizhu. Taipei: Guojia chubanshe, 2010. 751-778.

REFERENCE WORKS

The Cambridge World Encyclopedia of Stage and Actors and Acting. Ed. Simon Williams. Cambridge:

Cambridge University Press. 34 entries on Chinese actors and performance conventions. Under contract and forthcoming. Approx. 14,000 words Kunqu cidian (The Encyclopedia of Kunqu Drama), ed. Hong Weizhu (Taipei: National Center for Traditional Art, 2002); entries on Kunqu activities and organizations in Taiwan.

BOOK REVIEWS





Rev. of Opera and the City: The Politics of Culture in Beijing, 1770-1900 by Andrea S. Goldman. Asian Theatre Journal, forthcoming in 2014.

Rev. of The Flower Princess: A Cantonese Opera by Tong Dik Sang, trans. by Bell Yung, with assistance from Sonia Ng and Katherine Carlitz. MCLC: Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, March 2013.

Rev. of Text, Performance and Gender in Chinese Literature and Music: Essays in Honor of Wilt Idema, ed.

Maghiel Van Crevel, Tian Yuan Tan, and Michel Hockx. Journal of Chinese Philosophy 39.2 (June 2012): 320-324.

PHD DISSERTATION

Ritual into Play: The Aesthetic Transformations of Qing Court Theatre. PhD. dissertation, Stanford University, June 2009.

AWARDS and HONORS (selected)

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George Washington University Sigur Center for Asian Studies Summer Research Fund ($4,190) 2012 Luther Rice Collaborative Fellowship, George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences; support for student research ($5000) carried out in

collaboration with, and under the guidance of a faculty mentor ($1000). Student fellow:

Vivian Young. Topic: the moral universe of Jin Yong’s martial arts novels. Vivian Young presented her research in the 2013 Research Day conference.

2011 Fellow. Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, May-June 2011 2010 Penn State Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence Teaching Support Grant ($14, 025) 2009 Penn State University Global Fund 2006 Outstanding Member of the Community, awarded by the Penn State University Fraternity and Sorority Chapters 2006 Stanford University Center for East Asian Studies conference travel grant 2005-2006 Harvard-Yenching Peking University Research Fellowship (declined) 2005 Visiting Scholar, China Academy of Arts in Beijing (中国艺术研究院) 2004-2005 Stanford University Institute for International Studies Dissertation Fellowship in Chinese Studies 2004 Graduate Research Opportunities Grant, Stanford University 2003 SPEAC Fellowship, National East Asian Languages Resource Center, Ohio State University 2003-2004 Stanford University Division of Literatures, Cultures, & Languages (DLCL) Doctoral Fellowship 2001 Japan Fund fellowship and FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies) summer grant, Stanford University 1999-2003 Stanford University DLCL Doctoral Fellowship 1997 Research Grant, Foundation for Development of Chinese Culture, Taiwan

INVITED LECTURES

University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim: "Opera on the Road: The Imperial Theatre Troup and the Court Administration of the Qianlong Emperor's Trips to Chengde, 1741-1798." Conference on "The Imperial Court in China, Japan, and Korea: Women, Servants, and the Emperor's Household (1600 - early 1900's)." April 18-19, 2013

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University of California, Berkeley, Center for Chinese Studies colloquium: "Power into Play:

Guest Ritual and Tribute-Paying Dramas of the Qianlong Reign," April 12, 2012

The Freer/Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, docent training session: "Power into Play:

Theatre and Qing Court Culture," Nov. 2, 2011

Ohio State University, Institute of Chinese Studies, China in Global Context lecture series:

"Guest Ritual and Tribute-Paying Dramas of the Qianlong Reign," May 7, 2010 University of Chicago, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations: "Rethinking Court Drama after the Daoguang Reign," 2 April, 2010

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

European Association of Chinese Studies (EACS) XIXth Biennial Conference, Paris, Sep. 4-8, "Guest Ritual and Court Theatre during the Qianlong Reign: A Case Study of George Macartney’s 1793 Visit to China" AAS, Toronto, Canada, March 15-18, 2012 "Staged Performance or Textual Mise-en-Scène? The Afterlife of Story of the Western Wing and Story of the Lute in a Qing Drama Miscellany" AAP (Association for Asian Performance) Annual Conference, Chicago, Aug. 10-11, 2011 "Monumentalizing Imperial Virtue on Stage: Court Drama During the Jiaqing Reign of the Qing Dynasty" AAS, Honolulu, Hawai’i, March 31-April 3, 2011 "The Empress Dowager as Dramaturg: Reinventing Late-Qing Court Theatre" CHINOPERL Annual Conference, Chicago, March 26, 2009 "Ritual or Entertainment? Rethinking Court Drama in the Post-Nanfu Era" 2008 National Taiwan University International Theatre Conference, Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2008, Taipei "Hou Nanfu shidai yidian yanju zhi biange (The Reinvention and Transformation of the court theatrical performance after the Daoguang Reign)" MLA, Chicago, December 27-30, 2007 "Accommodating Chinese Heritage Learners in the Regular Track" AAS, San Francisco, April, 2006 "Ritual into Play: The Theatricality and Social Functions of Qing Court Pageantry"

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European Association of Chinese Studies (EACS) XVth Biennial Conference, University of Heidelberg, August 25-29, 2004 "The Pleasure of Reading Performance: Imagistic Representations in Illustrations and Commentaries in Shenyin jiangu lu" The 15th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics (NACCL), Michigan State University, July 11-13, 2003 with Helen Chen, "Diachronic Perspectives toward the Grammaticalization of Mandarin Constructional Idioms" Harvard East Asia Society Graduate Student Conference, February 28- March 1, 2003 "Homeward Odyssey: Theatrical Reframing of 'The Rakshas and the Sea Market'" Chinese Oral and Performing Literature (CHINOPERL) in conjunction with AAS Annual Meeting, Washington D. C., April 4, 2002 "Interculturalism and the Geography of Difference: The Cases of Xia Xiyang and Tianfeng yin" with Changyun Han, "The Making of the Dictionary of Kunqu Opera"

PANELS and CONFERENCES ORGANIZED AND CHAIRED

European Association of Chinese Studies (EACS) XIXth Biennial Conference, Paris, Sep. 4-8, Panel Chair, “Literature and Imagology” (Sep. 8, 2012) AAP (Association for Asian Performance) Annual Conference, DC, Aug. 1-2, 2012 Panel Chair and organizer, “Singing, Materiality and Dynastic Memory: Rethinking Kunqu and Its Performance Culture” AAP (Association for Asian Performance) Annual Conference, Chicago, Aug. 10-11, 2011 Panel Chair, "Transformations of Xiqu"

COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS

Co-investigator, "Construct a written corpus of L2 English-speaking learners of Chinese," Sep.

2009-2010, Penn State.

Researcher and Coordinator of Penn State section of NSF-funded project, "Robustness in Second Language Learning," dir. Brian MacWhinney, Pittsburgh Science of Learning Center, 2008-2009, Penn State.

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2011 Reader for the Chinese applications, the 2011 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) 2011--12 Member, Advisory Board, Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies (MAR-AAS) 2010 -- Member, Chinese Language Advisory Board, CIEE 2007 -- AP grader, Mandarin Chinese, College Board

University, College, and Departmental:

Sep. 2011-- Textile Museum Liaison, EALL, GW Sep. 2011-- Library Liaison, EALL, GW Aug. 2011 Participation in the development of the ESIA Chinese language diagnostic exam. I designed two exams for Levels 7-8 (4107-4108).

Sep. 2010 -- Study Abroad Liaison, EALL, GW Oct. 2009 Judge, Chinese Karaoke Contest at Penn State 2007-2009 Participation in the development of a Chinese major (with a heritage-speaker student track) and new course proposals, including "Modern Chinese Literature," "Chinese Cinema and Performance," "Introduction to Chinese Literature and Culture," "Traditional Chinese Literature and Culture," "Written Chinese for Professional and Academic Purposes I & II," and "Classical Chinese Reading and Writing," among others.

2005 -- Supervision of full-time, part-time, and graduate instructors in Chinese Program (approx. 10 per academic year and 3 during the summer)

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Pageant, organized by alpha Kappa Delta Phi and Lambda Phi Epsilon 2005 -- Organization of annual Chinese New Year Drama Night and Speech Contest 2005 -- Supervision of weekly calligraphy, Chinese chess and study abroad workshops organized by the Chinese Program instructional interns

PEDAGOGY TRAINING

2011 Writing in the Discipline (WID) workshops for faculty June 2008 Professional development workshops conducted by the Center of Advanced Language Proficiency Education and Research (CALPER) at Penn State 2003 Chinese Language Pedagogy Training, SPEAC, Ohio State University 2002 American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages (ACTFL), Modified Oral Proficiency Interview Tester Training

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Mandarin Chinese, native fluency Japanese, advanced reading knowledge French, basic reading knowledge Classical Chinese, advanced reading knowledge





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