China on Dissertation Reviews


The fourth season of Dissertation Reviews begins this Fall and, as always, we are bringing you plenty of fresh reviews of recently filed dissertations, latest updates on archives and libraries, and “Talking Shop” articles on Chinese History and Chinese Literature. If you wish to participate in Dissertation Reviews, please click here to become a reviewer or to have your dissertation reviewed. You may also contact Chinese History series editor Thomas S. Mullaney at or Chinese Literature series editor Lucas Klein at

Just a small taste of what’s to come

Jenny Huangfu, “Internalizing the West: Qing Envoys and Ministers in Europe, 1866-1893” (University of California, San Diego 2012), reviewed by Ren Ke (Johns Hopkins University)

Jiri Hudecek, “You Fight Your Way, I Fight My Way: Wu Wen-Tsun and Traditional Chinese Mathematics” (University of Cambridge 2012), reviewed by Ying Jia-Ming (Taipei Medical University)

Ori Tavor, “Bio-spiritual Practices and Ritual Theories in Early and Medieval China” (University of Pennsylvania 2012), reviewed by Michael Stanley-Baker (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science)

Julia Schneider, “Ethnicity and Sinicization: The Theory of Assimilative Power in the Making of the Chinese Nation-State (1900s–1920s)” (Ghent University and University of Göttingen 2013), reviewed by Marc Andre Matten (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)

Casey Schoenberger, “Resonant Readings: Musicality in Early Modern Chinese Adaptations of Traditional Poetic Forms” (Yale University 2013), reviewed by Ling Xiaoqiao (Arizona State University)

Nick Admussen, “Twentieth Century Chinese Prose Poetry” (Princeton University 2012), reviewed by Lucas Klein (University of Hong Kong)

Brian Hu, “Worldly Desires: Cosmopolitanism and Cinema in Hong Kong and Taiwan” (University of California, Los Angeles 2011), reviewed by Kristof van den Troost (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Chen Minjie, “‘Friends and Foes on the Battlefield’: A Study of Chinese and U.S. Youth Literature about the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945)” (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2011), reviewed by Stephen Poland (Yale University)

Plus 30 others… (and counting!)

Meet the editors

TMullaneyThomas S. Mullaney (Chinese History) is Associate Professor of Chinese History at Stanford University, and the Founding Editor-in-chief of Dissertation Reviews. His publications include Coming to Terms with the Nation: Ethnic Classification in Modern China (University of California Press 2011) and Critical Han Studies: The History, Representation and Identity of China’s Majority (co-edited with James Patrick Leibold, Stéphane Gros and Eric Armand Vanden Bussche, University of California Press 2012). [Website here]



large_lucas.kleinLucas Klein (Chinese Literature)  is Assistant Professor in the School of Chinese at the University of Hong Kong. He is the co-editor, with Haun Saussy and Jonathan Stalling, of The Chinese Written Character as a Medium for Poetry: A Critical Edition, by Ernest Fenollosa and Ezra Pound (Fordham University Press 2008), and the translator of Notes on the Mosquito, the selected poems of Xi Chuan (New Directions 2012). [Website here]



Image: “A close-up view of the Great Wall of China at Jinshanling,” photograph by Severin.stalder. Wikimedia Commons.

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