Cong Ellen Zhang
Office Hours: T: 11-12, TH: 3:30-4:30, and by appointment
Field & Specialties
Imperial China, especially the Song dynasty (960-1279)
elite culture, family, filial piety, biji writing, cultural geography
B.A. Nankai University, Tianjin, P. R. China
M.A. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D. University of Washington, Seattle
Transformative Journeys: Travel and Culture in Song China. University of Hawaii Press, 2011.
Dangdai xifang Hanxue yanjiu jicui, sixiang wenhua shi juan 当代西方汉学研究集萃 (Contemporary Western Sinological Works, Cultural and Intellectual History). co-edited with Ping Yao. Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, 2012, 2016.
Xing wanli lu: Songdai luxing yu wenhua 行万里路：宋代旅行与文化 (Chinese translation of Transformative Journeys: Travel and Culture in Song China). Trans. Li Wenfeng 李文锋. Hangzhou: Zhejiang University Press, 2016.
Record of the Listener: Selected Stories from Hong Mai’s Yijian zhi (English translation of selected stories of Hong Mai’s Yijian zhi). Hackett Publishing. Forthcoming.
Articles and translations:
“A Family of Filial Exemplars: The Baos of Luzhou.” Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture 4.2 (2017): 360-382.
“Negative Role Models: Unfilial Stories in Song Biji (Miscellaneous Writing).” In Behaving Badly in Early and Medieval China, edited by N. Harry Rothschild and Leslie V. Wallace (Honolulu, HI: University of Hawaii Press, 2017), 39-55.
“Of Revelers and Witty Conversationalists: Song (960-1279) Biji (Miscellaneous Writing) as Literature of Leisure.” Chinese Historical Review, 23.2 (2016): 130-146.
“Things Heard in the Past, Material for Future Use: A Study of Song (960-1279) Biji Prefaces.” East Asian Publishing and Culture 6.1 (2016): 22-53.
“Bureaucratic Politics and Commemorative Biography: The Epitaphs of Fan Zhongyan.” In State Power in China, 900-1400, edited by Patricia Ebrey and Paul Jakov Smith (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2016), 192-216.
"The Rise and Fall of a Northern Song Family: the Baos of Luzhou." Chinese Historical Review, 20.2 (Nov. 2013): 138-158.
"Anecdotal Writing on Illicit Sex in Song China (960-1279)." Journal of the History of Sexuality, 22.2 (May 2013): 255-282.
"To Be 'Erudite in Miscellaneous Knowledge': A Study of Song (960-1279) Biji Writing," Asia Major Third Series, 25.2 (2012): 43-77.
“Introduction” (Cong Zhang and Ping Yao) to Xifang zhongguo shi yanjiu, sixiang wenhua shi. 13000 Chinese characters. Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, 2012, 1-19.
“Kongzi jisi yu Rujia de yishi sixian” (Chinese translation of Thomas Wilson, “Culture, Society, Politics, and the Cult of Confucius.” In On Sacred Grounds. Harvard University Asia Center, 2002, 1-41.). co-translator (with Kuan-yi Leu). In Ping Yao, Cong Zhang eds. Xifang zhongguo shi yanjiu. Shanghai: Shanghai guji chubanshe, 2012, 89-112.
“Between Life and Death: Song Travel Writings about Zhang (Miasma) in Lingnan,” The Journal of Song Yuan Studies 41 (2011): 193-227.
“Sites, Places, and the Empire: Lu You’s Travel on the Yangzi River in 1170” in Medieval Travel and Travelogue. Ed. Jean-François Kosta-Thefaine (New York, AMS Press, 2009), 205-230.
“Communication, Collaboration, and Community, Inn-wall Writing during the Song (960-1279).” Journal of Sung Yuan Studies, 35 (2005), 1-27.
Work in Progress:
Family, Ancestors, and Native Place: Practicing Filial Piety in Northern Song China, book manuscript, in preparation.
Diverse Lives, Ambivalent Memories: An Anthology of Chinese Funerary Biographies. In progress. Co-editors (with Patricia Ebrey and Ping Yao). Under contract with University of Washington Press.
I am currently working on a book manuscript on filial piety in the Northern Song and co-editing a translation volume on muzhiming writing in imperial China.