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Stephen West (Chinese Prof)

Stephen.H.West@asu.edu

Professor, Chinese
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Bio

Professor, School of Global Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Education

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Bio

Foundation Professor of Chinese, joint appointment with Department of Languages and Literatures. Formerly Louis Agassiz Professor of Chinese, East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley.

Stephen West's original research interests are in Chinese performance literature and cultural history of the 11th-14th century. While these may not seem particularly “global” in nature, in fact many of the features considered to be marks of modernity appear in Chinese society at this time as features of a society undergoing rapid urbanization, an explosion of print media, and a rapid change in the nature of its governing class. His work has centered on texts from popular culture. His languages are Mandarin dialect of Chinese, classical Chinese, and German. He has a reading knowledge of French and Spanish. He has lived and done extensive archival and field work in China and Taiwan.

West currently has several research interests. The first is on the city of Kaifeng, which was the capital of Song China from 960-1125. This metropolis had a population of approximately 1.1 million people. It was the first capital to have been created by practical political and economic forces rather than formalistic city planning, and as such, it became the prototype of the modern Chinese city that we still see in places like Beijing and Taipei. He is completing a translation and study of a personal memoir written about the capital in 1145 and published in 1187. A distinct part of this project is about violence and terror of everyday life in medieval China. This project sprang from the work on Kaifeng and a later capital, Hangzhou. Investigating daily-life encyclopedia published in the 13th and 14th centuries, he has discovered a great deal of writing about the vicissitudes of living in cities: strategies for living outside of extended family networks of security, for protection from home invasions, child-kidnapping, for avoidance of suits in court, as well as “fill-in forms” for depositions about lost property, runaway servants and children, and settling property claims. These texts give this period a distinctly modern feel. Current research results from this project have been published in English, Chinese, and Japanese. The latest paper, “Deconstructing History: Huizong in the Afterglow, Or The Deaths of a Troubling Emperor,” will appear in an edited volume from Harvard East Asia Council Press. A third research area is drama and dramatic commentary of the 14th-16th century. The latest paper, “The ‘Peony Pavilion of the Talents’ Commentary on ‘The Story of the Western Wing’,” a study of an erotic commentary to China’s most popular love drama, will be published in Chinese and English by Academia Sinica in Taipei. A final area of interest is Chinese gardens. He currently serve as a Senior Fellow of Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, and has an article that will appear shortly in a Dumbarton Oaks Symposium volume, The Social Reception of Baroque Gardens, entitled “Spectacle, Ritual, and Social Relations: Imperial Gardens of the Northern Song.”

Courses

Spring 2013

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
CHI 494 Special Topics
CHI 598 Special Topics
CHI 599 Thesis
CHI 680 Practicum
CHI 690 Reading and Conference
CHI 691 Seminar
CHI 780 Practicum
CHI 784 Internship
CHI 790 Reading and Conference
CHI 795 Continuing Registration
CHI 799 Dissertation

Fall 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
CHI 307 Intro to Literary Chinese I
CHI 461 Classical Vernaculr Perfrm Lit
CHI 590 Reading and Conference
CHI 592 Research
CHI 595 Continuing Registration
CHI 598 Special Topics
CHI 599 Thesis
CHI 680 Practicum
CHI 690 Reading and Conference
CHI 780 Practicum
CHI 784 Internship
CHI 790 Reading and Conference
CHI 792 Research
CHI 795 Continuing Registration
CHI 799 Dissertation

Spring 2012

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
CHI 494 Special Topics
CHI 598 Special Topics

Fall 2011

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
CHI 494 Special Topics
CHI 590 Reading and Conference
CHI 592 Research
CHI 595 Continuing Registration
CHI 598 Special Topics
CHI 599 Thesis
CHI 690 Reading and Conference
CHI 691 Seminar
CHI 780 Practicum
CHI 784 Internship
CHI 792 Research
CHI 795 Continuing Registration
CHI 799 Dissertation

Spring 2010

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
CHI 308 Intro to Literary Chinese II
CHI 461 Classical Vernaculr Perfrm Lit
CHI 493 Honors Thesis
CHI 598 Special Topics

Fall 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
CHI 500 Research Methods
CHI 591 Seminar
CHI 592 Research
CHI 595 Continuing Registration
CHI 599 Thesis
CHI 690 Reading and Conference
CHI 691 Seminar

Summer 2009

Courses Taught This Semester
Course Number Course Title
CHI 590 Reading and Conference

Publications and Other Intellectual ContributionsGoogle Scholar

  1. Stephen H. West and Wilt L. Idema. Monks, Bandits, Lovers, and Immortals: Eleven Early Chinese Plays. Hackett (2010).

  2. Book chapter: Stephen H. West. Literature from the Late Jin to the Early MIng. Cambridge History of Chinese Literature, Volume 1. Cambridge University Press (2010).

  3. Book chapter: Stephen H. West. intertextuality and Desire:Mimeses in the Story of the Western Wing and Qiannu's Soul Leaves Her Body. Jinian Yu Dagang xiansheng baisui yanchen: Xiqu xueshu yantaohui lunwen ji. National Arts College of Taipei (2009).

  4. Book chapter: Stephen H. West. Time Management and Self Control: Self-help Guides in the Yuan. Text, performance, and gender in Chinese literature and music: essays in honor of Wilt Idema. E. J. Brill (2009).

  5. Stephen H. West. Shifting Spaces: Local Dialect in *A Playboy from a Noble House Opts for the Wrong Career". Journal of Theater Studies 1.1 (2008): 83-108. (2008).

  6. Stephen West. Shifting Spaces: Local Dialect in A Playboy from a Noble House Opts for the Wrong Career. Journal of Theater Studies (2008).

  7. Book chapter: West, Stephen H. Huizong in the Afterglow: The Deaths of a Troubling Emperor. Emperor Huizong and the Late Northern Song: The Politics of Culture and the Culture of Politics. Harvard University East Asian Council (2006).

  8. Book chapter: West, Stephen H. The Construction of Space, the Emperor, and Citizens in Imperial Gardens in Northern Song. ????? Contributions of Gardens to City Life and Culture. Wuhan University Press (2006).

  9. Stephen West. Autumn Sounds: Music to the Ears/ Ouyang Xiu's "Fu on Autumn's Sounds". Early Medieval China (2005).

  10. Edited book: West, Stephen H, West, Stephen H. The Social Reception of Baroque Gardens. Dumbarton Oaks (2005).

  11. Book chapter: West, Stephen H (Author) . Huizong in the Afterglow: The Deaths of a Troubling Emperor. Huizong and His Times. Harvard University East Asian Council (2005).

  12. Book chapter: West, Stephen H (Author) . Meng Yuanlao, "Recollections of the Northern Song Capital". The Hawaii Reader in Traditional Chinese Culture. University of Hawaii Press (2005).

  13. Book chapter: West, Stephen H (Author) . Spectacle, Ritual, and Social Relations: The Son of Heaven, Citizens, and Created Sapce in Imperial Gardens in the Northern Song. Baroque Garden Cultures. Dumbarton Oaks (2005).

  14. Book chapter: West, Stephen H (Author) . Koka to Sôso Men to ton (Empresses, Funerals, Noodles, and Shoats). Seimei shôkazu o yomu (Reading the Qingming Shanghe tu). Bensei (2004).

  15. Book chapter: West, Stephen H (Author) . Spectacle, Ritual,and Social Relations: The Son of Heaven, Citizens, and Created Space in Imperial Gardens in the Northern Song. The Social Reception of Baroque Gardens. Dumbarton Oaks (2004).

  16. Book chapter: West, Stephen H (Author) . Empresses and funerals, pancakes and pigs: Dreaming a Dream of Splendor Past and the origins of urban literature. Literature, Culture, and World Change. Academia Sinica (2002).

  17. Book chapter: West, Stephen H (Author) . The Emperor Sets The Pace: Court and Consumption in the Northern Song. Selected Essays on Court Culture in Cross-Cultural Perspective. National Taiwan University Press (2000).

  18. Book chapter: Stephen H. West. Discarded Treasure: The Wondrous Rocks of Lingbi. Space and Cultural Fields: The Cultural Interpretation of Mobility. Center for Chinese Studies, National Central Library

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Presentations

  1. Stephen H. West Double Bind: Reading the Chinese City. The Splendor of Capitals: 1500 Years of East Asian Urban History. (Apr 2009).
  2. Stephen H West Desire, Hermeneutics, and Pedagogy: Body and the Law in "Injustice to Dou E," "Butterfly Dream," and "the Chalk Circle.". 2nd International Conference on Violence in Pre-Modern China. (Dec 2008).
  3. Stephen H. West Did Ma Zhiyuan Write "Autumn Meditations?". Western Branch, American Oriental Society. (Oct 2008).
  4. Stephen H. West The Bureaucracy of Dying: The Death and Burial of a Song Emperor". International Conference of the Comparative Court Culture Society. (Oct 2008).
  5. West, Stephen "Medieval to Early Modern in China: Markers of Transition in Urban Forms, 960- 1125". Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America. (Apr 2008).
  6. West, Stephen Discarded Treasure: The Wondrous Rocks of Lingbi. International Conference of Cultural Meanings of Mobility. (Mar 2008).

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Service

  1. East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Graduate Director (2009 - present)
  2. Asian Studies Center, Reviewer (2009)
  3. Institute of Literature and Philosophy Academia Sinica, Taiwan, Reviewer (2008)
  4. Chinese University of Hong Kong, Evaluatior (2008)

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