Comparative Literature Luncheon on intertextuality and cultural memory in China

March 16, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Wendy Swartz, associate professor of Chinese literature at Rutgers University, will present ”Intertextuality and Cultural Memory in Early Medieval China: What We Can Learn from Imitations of Lost and Nearly Lost Writers,” at 12:15 p.m. on March 20 in 102 Kern Building.

Swartz has also taught at Columbia University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research is primarily on early medieval Chinese poetry, poetics, and comparative literary theory and criticism. She is the author of "Reading Tao Yuanming: Shifting Paradigms of Historical Reception (427-1900)" (Harvard University Asia Center, 2008; translated into Chinese as《閱讀陶淵明》(Taipei: Linking Press, 2014; Beijing: Zhonghua shuju, forthcoming); "Reading Philosophy, Writing Poetry: Intertextual Modes of Making Meaning in Early Medieval China" (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, Harvard University Asia Center, forthcoming); and "The Poetry of Xi Kang (ca. 223-ca. 262)," in "The Poetry of Ruan Ji and Xi Kang," translated by Stephen Owen and Wendy Swartz (Boston/Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, forthcoming). She is the principal editor of "Early Medieval China: A Sourcebook" (Columbia University Press, 2014; named as one of Library Journal’s Best Reference 2014), and has published numerous articles on early medieval literature. In 2014-2015, she was in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton) working on a book manuscript that explores intertextuality as a mode of reading and condition of writing in early medieval China. 

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. – coffee, tea and light lunch fare are provided. 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 This event is sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for Global Studies.      

Last Updated March 23, 2017