prof. zheng
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PhD University of California, Irvine
MA University of Toronto
MA Nanjing University
BA Nanjing University

Huili Zheng is a scholar on late imperial Chinese literature and culture (1500-1895). Her research interests focus on late imperial Chinese literary culture and development of social, cultural and intellectual history, with a particular interest in issues of gender, ethnic/cultural identity, cultural politics of representation, and the relations of late imperial China to the formation of modern China. She is finishing a book manuscript on late imperial Chinese intellectuals’ changing conceptualizations of the world and China’s place in it. Professor Zheng is also interested in pedagogy of teaching Chinese as a foreign language. Prior to joining WPI Professor Zheng worked as a lecturer at Emory University and a visiting assistant professor and coordinator of the Chinese language program at Saint Vincent College. At WPI she is the coordinator of the Chinese language program and an advisor of the Chinese studies minor. She is also an active participant in international and global studies at WPI. She is a core member of the China Hub and was the director of Project GO-WPI from 2015 to 2018.

Scholarly Work

“Fearful Encounter: Demons, Magic Weapons, and Formidable Warriors in Xiyang ji,” Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, vol. 8, no. 3, 2014, pp. 410-442.

“Enchanted Encounter: Gender Politics, Cultural Identity, and Sino-Western Romance by Wang Tao,” Nan Nü: Men, Women, and Gender in China, vol. 16, no. 2, 2014, pp. 274-307.

“A Study on the Modal Particle ‘ne’ and ‘ne’ Interrogative Sentence from Information-parsing Perspective,” D. Ji and G. Xiao, eds., The 12th Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop Proceedings, Springer, Heidelberg (co-authored with Dr. Tingting Guo), 2013, pp. 621-633.

Enemies of Civilization: Attitudes toward Foreigners in Ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, And China by Mu-Chou Poo (State University of New York Press, 2005), in Bijiao: China in Comparative Perspective Book Review, vol. 2 (June), 2012.

Accidental Incest, Filial Cannibalism, and Other Peculiar Encounters in Late Imperial Chinese Literature by Tina Lu (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Asia Center, 2008), in China Review International, vol. 16, no. 1, 2009.