Victor H. Mair

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Professor, Chinese Language and Literature
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849 Williams Hall
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Ph.D., Harvard University, 1976
M.Phil., School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London)

Research and Teaching Interests: 

Buddhist popular literature as well as the vernacular tradition of Chinese fiction and the performing arts

Selected Publications: 

Tun-huang Popular Narratives (Cambridge University Press, 1983)

Painting and Performance: Chinese Picture Recitation and Its Indian Genesis (University of Hawaii Press, 1988)

T'ang Transformation Texts: A Study of the Buddhist Contribution to the Rise of Vernacular Fiction and Drama in China (Harvard University Council on East Asian Studies, 1989).

The Tarim Mummies: Ancient China and the Mystery of the Earliest Peoples from the West (Thames and Hudson, 2000)

Other Professional Activity: 

Professor Mair is the founder and editor of Sino-Platonic Papers and General Editor of the ABC Chinese Dictionary Series at the University of Hawaii Press. He has been a fellow or visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong (2002-2003), the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, 1998-1999), the Institute for Research in Humanities (Kyoto University, 1995), Duke University (1993-1994), and the National Humanities Center (Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, 1991-1992).