Hsiao-wen Cheng

Dr. Cheng
Assistant Professor
East Asian Religions
Contact Information
Office Address: 
856 Williams Hall
Office Hours: 
Spring 2017: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:00PM to 6:00PM
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  • PhD, University of Washington, Seattle, 2012
  • MA, National Taiwan University, 2005
  • BA, National Taiwan University, 2002


  • 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: 

    Book manuscript:

    Knowing Women: Medicine, Religion, and Female Sexuality in China, 7th - 14th Centuries


    “Rethinking the Genre and the Usefulness of Yijian zhi

    "Before Sexual and Normal: Shifting Categories of Sexual Anomalies in Medieval and Early Modern 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

    Curriculum vitae: 


    Selected Publications: 

    “What Was Good Writing 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.