Hsiao-wen Cheng

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Assistant Professor
East Asian Religions
Contact Information
Office Address: 
856 Williams Hall
Office Hours: 
On Leave (Fall 2017-Spring 2018)
Phone: 
215-573-5944
Fax: 
215-573-9617
Email Address: 

Biography

Education: 

PhD, History, University of Washington, Seattle
MA, Chinese Language and Literature, National Taiwan University
BA, Chinese Language and Literature, National Taiwan University

Research and Teaching Interests: 
Gender & Sexuality
Chinese Religions and Intellectual History
Chinese Medical History
Premodern Chinese Anecdotal Writing
Song Dynasty (960-1276)
Recent Courses: 

EALC 008: East Asian Religions
EALC 230/630: Gender and Religion in China
EALC 242/642: Medicine and Healing in China
EALC234/634:  Daoist Traditions
EALC 301: Major Seminar: Daoism
EALC 731: Han-Song Medical Texts
EALC 733: Song Dynasty Texts

Work in Progress: 

Manless Women: Medicine, Celibacy, and Female Sexuality in Medieval China
Sexual Anomalies and the Temporality of Norms in Medieval China

Other Professional Activity: 
Faculty Fellow, Penn Humanities Forum, 2015-2016 Forum on Sex
Women’s Studies in Religion Program, Harvard Divinity School, 2013-2014
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica (Taiwan), 2012-2013

Publications

Selected Publications: 

“What Was Good Writing (or Reading) in Eleventh-Century China? Rethinking Guwen and Its Relation to Daoxue.” Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture, forthcoming in 2017.

Review of Beverly Bossler, Courtesans, Concubines, and the Cult of Female Fidelity: Gender and Social Change in China, 1000-1400 (Cambridge and London: Harvard University Asia Center, 2013). Nan Nü: Men, Women and Gender in China 16.1 (2014).

“Authority or Alternative? Rethinking Gender and the Circulation of Medical Knowledge in Song China, 960-1279.” Gender Forum: An Internet Platform for Gender and Women’s Studies, 24 (2009). Cologne, Germany: English Department, University of Cologne. http://www.genderforum.org/issues/apparatus-xy/authority-or-alternative/

“A Theme and Its Variations: Reflections on the Theory Traveling from Dai Zhen (1724-1777) to Ling Tingkan (1757-1809) and Zhang Xuecheng (1738-1801)” (In Chinese). Studies in Chinese Literature, 19 (2004). Taipei: Department of Chinese Literature, National Taiwan University.