MA Program Director, Lecturer in Discipline
Office Hours: T 2:00 PM-3:00 PM/ R 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Office: 502G Kent Hall
PhD: Columbia University
MA: Columbia University
BA: East China Normal University
ASCE UN1361 Introduction to East Asian Civilizations: Japan
AHUM UN1400: Colloquium on Major Texts
EAAS UN3123 Women in Early Modern China and Japan
EAAS GU4342 Pre-1900 Japanese Literature
EAAS GR6400 Critical Approaches to East Asian Studies
Ye Yuan’s research focuses on Sinitic literature and culture in Japanese history; it investigates the intersection and interaction of Sinitic literature and vernacular literatures. Her current project, based on her dissertation “Contemporary Spoken Chinese in Eighteenth-Century Japan: Language Learning, Fiction Writing, and Vocality,” explores the learning of contemporary spoken Chinese and writing in colloquial Chinese in early modern Japan. Seeking to understand how colloquial Chinese language and literature were conceptualized and practiced in early modern East Asia—a region with shared texts and cultures based on literary Sinitic, this project is an inquiry into the pre-1900 East Asian understanding of “language” before the Western, phonocentric view became dominant. This project also intends to posit the eighteenth-century studies of contemporary Chinese language and literature in the history of Japanese Sinitic studies.
Ye Yuan’s next project continually takes Sinitic literature as a nexus that brings political, intellectual, social, and cultural factors together, to further deepen the understanding of Sinitic literature as the field that connects different locales and transcends the boundary of pre-modern and modern. This project expands horizontally to include the pre-1900 communications among East Asian countries and the function and meaning of Sinitic literature in such contacts and contests.
“Speaking the Sinitic: Translation and ‘Chinese Language’ in Eighteenth-Century Japan” (forthcoming)
“Vernacular Story in and as Archives: (Re)Making Xingshi yan Stories in Early Modern China and Korea.” Journal of Korean Studies 24, no. 2 (October 2019): 373–392.
“Faithful Women in Jin Ping Mei: Literary Borrowing, Adaptation, and Reinterpretation.” Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews (CLEAR) 40 (December 2018): 33–50.