Yunshuang Zhang

Yunshuang Zhang

Assistant Professor of Chinese Literature and Culture

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Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Yunshuang Zhang

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 artistic creation) during the 10th century to the 13th century through its literary and visual representations.

She is now serving as the executive member in the “Pre-14th-Century Chinese” Forum Executive Committees of the Modern Language Association (MLA) and the executive committee member of the Western Branch of the American Oriental Society (AOS).

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

  • 2023: Arts and Humanities Research Support, Office of the Vice President for Research, Wayne State University
  • 2022: Excellence in Teaching Award, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Wayne State University
  • 2022: Research and Publication Support Grants, Society for Song, Yuan and Conquest Dynasties Studies
  • 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

  • “Things, Place, Self: From ‘Four Things’ to ‘Four Friends’ in the Studio.” Journal of the American Oriental Society 144.3 (2024). [accepted]
  • Book review: Bronze and Stone: The Cult of Antiquity in Song Dynasty China. By Yunchiahn C. Sena. Journal of the American Oriental Society 143.3 (2023): 697–699
  • Book review: The Drunken Man's Talk: Tales from Medieval China. Translated by Alister D. Inglis. The Journal of Asian Studies 81.2 (2022): 384–385
  • “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)

Courses taught by Yunshuang Zhang

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2022