Field: Chinese Literature
Advisor: Shang Wei
Yifan is a Ph.D. student in premodern Chinese literature, with a focus on the Ming-Qing period (1368-1912). He received his B.A.(2014) from Peking University and M.A.(2016) from Columbia University. He works primarily on Ming-Qing short and long narratives (fiction in particular), departing from which he is also interested in the issues that derive from and respond to literary history, elite culture, local history, intellectual history, and material culture. His M.A. thesis examined how men of letters mobilized the genre of zhiguai (anomaly writing) as cultural imagination of otherness, and thus drew resources from local lure, ruins, gossips, and craze to reconstruct both the physical and figural landscapes in mid-Ming (1450-1550) Suzhou. Currently he is working further to illuminate the casting and recasting of local knowledge put to test the normative in a multifaceted lived space, and ponder how the discourses of norms and anomalies shed new light on the mid-Ming literary and cultural underpinnings that ushered in the late-Ming (1550-1644).