RONALD EGAN, the Confucius Institute Chair in Sinology at the School of Humanities, has been elected a Fellow of the American Philosophical Society (APS), the oldest learned society in the United States.
“I was delighted with the news of course, especially because it is an academic honor that comes from being nominated by peers in my field whose work I hold in high regard,” said Egan. , teacher of East Asian languages and cultures.
The American Philosophical Society, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, has played an important role in American cultural and intellectual life. Fellows are elected to the company on the basis of their cumulative record, not a single publication or a single project. This year, the APS elected eight new members in its Humanities Division.
Egan specializes in the study of classical Chinese literature, with an emphasis on the poetry and aesthetics of the Tang and Song dynasties (7th-13th centuries). He has published books on leading writers of the time, including Ouyang Xiu and Su Shi, as well as a selection of translations of essays on ideas and letters by twentieth-century critic Qian Zhongshu.
Her most recent book is a new translation of the works of the 12th century poet Li Qingzhao. This book is a complementary volume to his earlier study by the same writer, The Burden of Female Talent: Poet Li Qingzhao and Her History in China (Harvard University Press, 2013).
Throughout his time at Stanford, Egan taught Traditional Chinese Literature, Chinese Cultural History, the Interaction of the Visual and Literary Arts, and the History of Sinology.
His current project is a new study by Song Dynasty writer Su Shi, tentatively titled Exile and invention in the prose writings of Su Shi.
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