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Anne Burkus-Chasson

Contact Information

MC-590, 408 E. Peabody Dr.


I learned Chinese painting from the late James Cahill at the University of California, Berkeley. While I was a graduate student, I also had the great fortune of studying with Tu Wei-ming, Cyril Birch, and the late Edward H. Schafer. After spending three years in Japan as a Research Fellow at Kyoto University, I completed my dissertation on the late Ming artist Chen Hongshou (1598/99-1652). I have taught at Grinnell College, the University of Chicago, and, briefly, at Stanford University. In 1995, I came to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Research Interests

Seventeenth-century Chinese painting and woodblock-printed books

Research Description

My research interests lie primarily in seventeenth-century Chinese painting and woodblock-printed books. In this context, I have focused on themes that engage self-representation, theories of vision and ways of seeing, as well as the interrelationship between words and images, painting and print. Recently, I am rethinking the traditional Chinese garden from the perspective of the environmental humanities. I am also researching a new book entitled "Engaging Artifice: Chen Hongshou (1598/99-1652) and the Illustrated Book."


University of California, Berkeley, MA (1977) and PhD (1987), in Art History


J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Art and Humanities (1988; declined); J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellow in the History of Art and Humanities (1992-93); Senior Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (2017-18)

Courses Taught

EALC 114: Introduction to East Asian Art; EALC 402: Ways of Seeing in Edo Japan; EALC 403: Word and Image in Chinese Art; EALC 501: Graduate Seminar in Chinese Art (on various topics); forthcoming, "Art, Society, Ecology."

Additional Campus Affiliations

Associate Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures
Associate Professor, Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies

Honors & Awards

Arthur Kingsley Porter Prize, College Art Association, January 1995, for “Elegant or Common? Chen Hongshou’s Birthday Presentation Pictures and His Professional Status,” Art Bulletin 76, 2 (June 1994): 227-300.

Recent Publications

Burkus-Chasson, A. (2019). Chen Hongshou's Laments. Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture, 6(1), 96-136.

Burkus-Chasson, A. (2016). Visual hermeneutics and the act of turning the leaf: A genealogy of liu yuans lingyan ge. In The History of the Book in East Asia (pp. 289-334). Taylor and Francis.

Burkus-Chasson, A. (2015). Like Not Like: Writing Portraits in The Peony Pavilion. Journal of Chinese Literature and Culture, 2(1), 134-172.

Burkus-Chasson, A. (2014). Qi Biaojia’s Garden. Paper presented at Eco-Art History, Chicago, Illinois, United States.

Burkus-Chasson, A. (2014). Review: K.P. Burnett's Dimensions of Originality: Essays on Seventeenth-Century Chinese Art Theory and Criticism. Journal of Chinese Studies, 58, 346-348.

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