Ph.D. in Chinese and Comparative Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, with graduate certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Yunjing Xu studies the lives and writings of Chinese literati during the early modern period, with focus on the cultural exchanges between Chinese Catholics and Jesuit missionaries. Her dissertation studies how three seventeenth-century male writers explore their identity as Chinese Catholic literati through writing and the dissemination of their texts within their communities.
Xu is also interested in the development of xiaoshuo (fiction) as a genre and its connection with the storytelling art of the lower-Yanzi river delta throughout the twentieth century. Her recent translation of the short story “Freeloader Jia Forms a League on Tiger Hill” (co-translated with Robert E. Hegel) is included in the Idle Talk Under the Bean Arbor: A Seventeenth-Century Chinese Story Collection (forthcoming 2017).
Modern and Classical Chinese languages
Introduction to Chinese Culture
Late-Imperial Chinese fiction
Performing arts in China
Writing Women of Imperial China