Comparative Literature Luncheon to examine neo-Confucian ethics, tolerance

April 13, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Ming Dong Gu, professor of Chinese and comparative literature at the University of Texas at Dallas, will present “Neo-Confucian Ethics and Spirit of World Order: A Comparative Study of Tolerance,” at 12:30 p.m. April 18 in 102 Kern Building on Penn State’s University Park campus.

Gu received his doctorate in Chinese and comparative literature from the University of Chicago and has taught at various U.S. colleges. He is a special consultant to the Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism and an invited evaluator for the Academic Reputation Survey of the World University Rankings.

He has authored four scholarly books: “Sinologism: An Alternative to Orientalism and Post-colonialism” (Routledge Press, 2013); “Chinese Theories of Reading and Writing: A Route to Hermeneutics and Open Poetics” (State University of New York Press 2005); “Chinese Theories of Fiction: A Non-Western Narrative System” (State University of New York Press ), and one book in Chinese, “Anxiety of Originality: Multiple Approaches to Language, Literature, and Cultural Studies” (Nanjing University Press, 2009). He has also edited an English volume, “Translating China for Western Readers: Reflective, Critical, Practical Essays” (State University of New York Press, 2014), and co-edited a book in Chinese, “Nobel Prize Winners on Literary Creation” (Peking University Press, 1987).

In addition, he has published more than 100 articles, chapters, and essays in English and Chinese journals and scholarly books, and nearly 20 reviews and short essays.

This event is a part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon lecture series, a weekly, informal lunchtime gathering of students, faculty and other members of the University community. Each week the event begins at 12:15 p.m. — participants are encouraged to bring lunch; coffee and tea are free. At 12:30 p.m. there will be a presentation, by a visitor or a local speaker, on a topic related to any humanities discipline. All students, faculty, colleagues and friends are welcome. For a full list of Comparative Literature lunches, visit 

Last Updated April 18, 2016