Field: Chinese Literature
Advisor: Lydia Liu
Peter Yuanxi Chen’s dissertation, tentatively entitled “Otherwise than Empire: Anarchist Philology in Late Qing China,” examines the political and ethical space between philosophy and philology and the possibility of literature therein. Before coming to Columbia, he received his BA in Religious Studies from Pomona College and his MA from the University of Chicago Divinity School in Philosophy of Religions. He spent a year after college in Hangzhou at the China Academy of Art on a Fulbright, conducting a research project on aesthetics and ethics in the work of the twentieth-century artist Feng Zikai.