Yunshuang Zhang

Yunshuang Zhang

Assistant Professor of Chinese Literature and Culture

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Yunshuang Zhang


Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Yunshuang Zhang is Assistant Professor of Chinese in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at Wayne State University. She specializes in literature and cultural history of middle period China (800–1400), with a focus on poetry and literati culture. She is now working on her first book project, tentatively titled Porous Privacy: The Literati Studio and Spatiality in Song China. It examines the distinctive significance of the studio space (an enclosed site specifically used for reading, writing, and art creation) during the 10th century to the 13th century through its literary and visual representations.

Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Literary and cultural history; literati culture; material culture; sinitic poetry


  • Ph.D. in Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA
  • M.A. in Chinese Language and Literature, Peking University, Beijing, China, P. R.
  • B.A. in Chinese Language and Literature, Peking University, Beijing, China, P. R.

Awards and grants

  • 2021: The Humanities Center Faculty Fellowship, Wayne State University

  • 2020: Resident Scholarships: Summer Institute for Chinese Studies, University of Pittsburgh

  • 2020: University Research Grant, Wayne State University

  • 2018–19 “Space in Two Cities,” $50,000, with Haiyong Liu, Yuning Wu, Bo Shen, Min Yu, Yumin Sheng, Tam Perry, and Sarah Swider, Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI)-Chiang Ching-kuo Foundations (CCKF) Summer Institute in China Studies and Global Humanities

Selected publications

  • “The Boat Space in Song Literary Culture.” Journal of Song-Yuan Studies 49 (2020): 207–237.
  • 癡迷的老饕:張岱論飲食 (Duncan Campbell, “The Obsessive Gourmet: Zhang Dai on Food and Drink”). In 臧否饕餮:中國古代文學中的飲食 (Scribes of Gastronomy: Representations of Food and Drink in Imperial Chinese Literature) (Beijing: Beijing daxue chubanshe, 2018), pp. 137–154.
  • 由《孫子兵法》注家身份淺析梅堯臣 (“On Mei Yaochen: From His Identity as the Commentator on The Art of War”). In Xiansong ji 弦誦集, ed. Ma Dongyao (Beijing: Zhongguo shehui kexue chubanshe, 2017), pp. 123–140.
  • “Taizong, Emperor (of Song).” In The Berkshire Dictionary of Chinese Biography, gen. ed. Kerry Brown (Great Barrington, Mass.: Berkshire Publishing Group, 2014), pp. 698–709.
  • “Selections from Huang Zunxian’s Writings on Japan.” Co-translated with Jack W. Chen. Renditions 79 (Spr., 2013): 59–70.
  • “Xu Fang (1622–1694): Mount Qinyuhang” and “Wang Hui (1632–1717): Transporting Bamboo.” In The Artful Recluse: Painting, Poetry, and Politics in 17th-Century China, ed. Peter C. Sturman and Susan S. Tai (Santa Barbara, CA: Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Munich: Delmonico Books/Prestel, 2012), pp. 216–217, 260–262.
  • 試論宋代書齋空間的精神性建構 (“On the Intellectual Construction of the Space of the Studio in the Song Dynasty”). In Xingxiang shixue yanjiu 形象史學研究, ed. Institute of History in Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) (Beijing: renmin chubanshe, 2012), pp. 98–110.
  • 論宋人的“書齋意趣”和宋詩的書齋意象 (“The Significance of the Studio for Song Literati and the Studio Image in Song Poetry”). Wenxue yichan 文學遺產 5 (2011): 65–73.
  • Translation: 中華帝國晚期的慾望與小說敘述 (Martin W. Huang, Desire and Fictional Narrative in Late Imperial China) (Nanjing: Jiangsu renmin chubanshe, 2010).

Currently teaching

  • CHI2050 Gateway to Chinese Civilization
  • CHI3100 Advanced Chinese I

Courses taught

  • CHI2050  Gateway to Chinese Civilization
  • CHI3000  Chinese Mythology and the Supernatural
  • CHI3010  Contemporary Chinese Popular Culture
  • CHI3022  Introduction to Chinese Literature
  • CHI1010  Elementary Chinese I
  • CHI2020  Intermediate Chinese II
  • CHI2030 Chinese Character Writing
  • CHI3100  Advanced Chinese I
  • CHI3200  Advanced Chinese II
  • ASN3995/HON4260 Space and Everyday Life in Chinese Literature and Film