The Global Middle Ages Series

I have been commissioned to write a couple of Cambridge Element short books for Geraldine Heng’s and Susan Noakes’ edited Global Middle Ages Series.

Cambridge Elements are a new concept in academic publishing and scholarly communication, combining the best features of books and journals. They consist of original, concise, authoritative, and peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific research, organised into focused series edited by leading scholars, and provide comprehensive coverage of the key topics in disciplines spanning the arts and sciences.

Conceived from the start for a digital environment, they provide a dynamic reference resource for graduate students, researchers, and practitioners.


First Cambridge Element:

Co-author, with Victor Mair, Early Globalism and China’s Literature , Cambridge University Press, under revision. appx. 80 pages.

This short book offers six fascinating case studies on the ways China’s literature and art were involved in early globalism from the Han dynasty to the Yuan dynasty. Cases include Buddhist translation and vernacularization, The importance of transformation texts for the history of Chinese literature, Inter-Asian Deities in the early story cycle of “Journey to the West,” Race and Ethnicity in Chinese Literature, Central Asian Horses in Chinese poetry and Art, and Asian variants of the Cinderella story. These instances showcase early globalization of China’s literature and art.