Symposium: Reading and Reception of Canonical Texts in East Asia

As a companion event to the 2022 Kang lecture, EALC and CEAPS are proud to host this symposium:

Reading and Reception of Canonical Texts in East Asia

Thursday, April 21 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. CDT via Zoom

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Reading and Reception of Canonical Texts in East Asia Symposium flyer


In this panel, three renowned experts discuss the rich reception histories of several major canonical texts of China, Korea, and Japan. Analyzing iterations in media ranging from ancient bronze vessels to modern manga and film, the three panelists explore the rich cultural life of these works from ancient times to the present.

About the speakers:

Zhi Chen is Chair Professor and Director of the Jao Tsung-I Academy of Sinology at Hong Kong Baptist University and Provost of the Beijing Normal University-Hong Kong Baptist University United International College. His publications include The Shaping of the Book of Songs: From Ritualization to Secularization (2007).

Gergana Ivanova is Associate Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture at the University of Cincinnati. She is the author of Unbinding The Pillow Book: The Many Lives of a Japanese Classic (Columbia University Press, 2018).

Minsoo Kang is Professor of History at the University of Missouri St-Louis. He is the author of Sublime Dreams of Living Machines: The Automaton in the European Imagination (Harvard University Press, 2011) and Invincible and Righteous Outlaw: The Korean Hero Hong Gildong in Literature, History, and Culture (University of Hawai‘i Press, 2018).