Cong Ellen Zhang

Associate Professor

(434) 924-6410

256 Nau Hall
Office Hours: T: 11-12, TH: 3:30-4:30, and by appointment

Field & Specialties

Imperial China, especially the Song dynasty (960-1279)
elite culture, family, filial piety, biji writing, cultural geography

Education

B.A. Nankai University, Tianjin, P. R. China
M.A. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D. University of Washington, Seattle

Publications

Books:

 

Transformative Journeys: Travel and Culture in Song China. University of Hawaii Press, 2011.

 

Dangdai xifang Hanxue yanjiu jicui, sixiang wenhua shi juan 当代西方汉学研究集萃 (Contemporary Western Sinological Works, Cultural and Intellectual History). co-edited with Ping Yao. Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, 2012, 2016.

 

Xing wanli lu: Songdai luxing yu wenhua 行万里路:宋代旅行与文化 (Chinese translation of Transformative Journeys: Travel and Culture in Song China). Trans. Li Wenfeng 李文锋. Hangzhou: Zhejiang University Press, 2016.

 

 

Articles and translations:

 

 

“A Family of Filial Exemplars: The Baos of Luzhou.” Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture, forthcoming.

 

 “Negative Role Models: Unfilial Stories in Song Biji (Miscellaneous Writing).” In Behaving Badly in Early and Medieval China, edited by N. Harry Rothschild and Leslie V. Wallace (Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press), forthcoming.

 

“Of Revelers and Witty Conversationalists: Song (960-1279) Biji (Miscellaneous Writing) as Literature of Leisure.” Chinese Historical Review, 23.2 (2016): 130-146.

 

“Things Heard in the Past, Material for Future Use: A Study of Song (960-1279) Biji Prefaces.” East Asian Publishing and Culture 6.1 (2016): 22-53.

 

 “Bureaucratic Politics and Commemorative Biography: The Epitaphs of Fan Zhongyan.” In State Power in China, 900-1400, edited by Patricia Ebrey and Paul Jakov Smith (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2016), 192-216.

 

"The Rise and Fall of a Northern Song Family: the Baos of Luzhou." Chinese Historical Review, 20.2 (Nov. 2013): 138-158.

 

"Anecdotal Writing on Illicit Sex in Song China (960-1279)." Journal of the History of Sexuality, 22.2 (May 2013): 255-282.

 

"To Be 'Erudite in Miscellaneous Knowledge': A Study of Song (960-1279) Biji Writing," Asia Major Third Series, 25.2 (2012): 43-77.

 

“Introduction” (Cong Zhang and Ping Yao) to Xifang zhongguo shi yanjiu, sixiang wenhua shi. 13000 Chinese characters. Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, 2012, 1-19.

 

“Kongzi jisi yu Rujia de yishi sixian” (Chinese translation of Thomas Wilson, “Culture, Society, Politics, and the Cult of Confucius.” In On Sacred Grounds. Harvard University Asia Center, 2002, 1-41.). co-translator (with Kuan-yi Leu). In Ping Yao, Cong Zhang eds. Xifang zhongguo shi yanjiu. Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, 2012, 89-112.

 

“Between Life and Death: Song Travel Writings about Zhang (Miasma) in Lingnan,” The Journal of Song Yuan Studies 41 (2011): 193-227.

 

“Sites, Places, and the Empire: Lu You’s Travel on the Yangzi River in 1170” in Medieval Travel and Travelogue. Ed. Jean-François Kosta-Thefaine (New York, AMS Press, 2009), 205-230.

 

“Communication, Collaboration, and Community, Inn-wall Writing during the Song (960-1279).” Journal of Sung Yuan Studies, 35 (2005), 1-27.

 

Work in Progress:

 

Family, Ancestors, and Native Place: Practicing Filial Piety in Northern Song China, book manuscript, in preparation.

 

Record of the Listener: Selected Stories from Hong Mai’s Yijian zhi (English translation of Hong Mai’s Yijian zhi). Under contract with Hackett Publishing, in preparation.

Current Research

I am currently working on a book project on filial piety in the Northern Song.

Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
Nau Hall - South Lawn
Charlottesville, VA 22904

  

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