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wenbo chang received her PhD in East Asian languages and civilizations with a concentration in Chinese literature from Arizona State University in May 2019. Her primary area of research is premodern Chinese drama both as staged performance and in textual form, as well as its social, ritual, political, and intellectual implications. Her dissertation, "Playing Roles: Literati, Playwrights, and Female Performers in Yuan Theater" (2019), investigates how Yuan zaju drama reshaped Chinese culture by bridging the gap between inherently oral popular tradition of performance and the written tradition of elite literati, when traditional Chinese political, social, cultural structures underwent remarkable transformations under alien rule in the Yuan dynasty. In addition, her research interests include urban space and culture, narrative of the strange and the supernatural, Chinese religions, and ritual studies. Currently, Wenbo is a postdoctoral fellow in the Global Languages, Cultures, and Technologies Postdoctoral Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

mario de grandis is a PhD candidate in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at The Ohio State University and is currently a fellow of the Global Arts and Humanities Discovery Theme program. His research focuses on ethnic minority literature (shaoshu minzu wenxue 少數民族文學) and its filmic adaptations, which he has shared at the Association for Asian Studies, the Modern Language Association, and at the American Folklore Society. Mario also subtitled documentaries and translated fiction from Chinese into Italian. Among his translations figure documentaries by Ai Weiwei and works by Alat Asem, Chen Xiwo, and Lu Min.

jingying gao is journal editor for the Shaanxi Youth Literacy Education Research Association in China. She earned an East Asian studies interdisciplinary master's degree from The Ohio State University and a bachelor's degree in sociology from Shandong University in China. Her research interests are in Chinese literature and modern art, especially how they are related to urban culture of China.

wilt l. idema obtained his doctorate from Leiden University, where he also taught from 1970 to 1999. From 2000 to 2013 he was professor of Chinese literature at Harvard University. His research has mostly focused on the vernacular and popular traditions since the end of the Tang dynasty and on women's literature of the Ming and Qing dynasties. His most recent publications include The Orphan of Zhao and Other Yuan Plays: The Earliest Known Versions (with Stephen H. West, 2015), Two Centuries of Manchu Women Poets: An Anthology (2017), Mouse vs. Cat in Chinese Literature: Tales and Commentary (2019), and Insects in Chinese Literature: A Study and Anthology (2019).

jaehyuk lee is a PhD student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at Ohio State University. His research interests focus on poetry and literary thought in premodern China. He received his bachelor's degree and master's degree in classical Chinese literature from Seoul National University.

ian mcnally graduated from The Ohio State University in 2019 with a master's degree in East Asian studies. His research focused on martial arts history and identity in Qing period China. This interest was born from a lifetime of martial arts study. He has been a practitioner of Magui Baguazhang for nine years. With a love of academics and martial practice, Ian is always looking for ways to expand his own understanding of origins and future of martial arts. He currently works as an ESL teacher, editor, and martial arts instructor in Columbus, Ohio.

karin myhre is associate professor of Chinese in the Department of Comparative Literature and Intercultural Studies at the University of Georgia. Her research interests include drama and performance of the Song through Ming periods. She has published on Chinese wit and humor, representations of ghosts and monsters, and images of demons and deities.

jenn marie nunes is the author of two books of poetry: Those People (2020), winner of the National Poetry Review Press Book Prize, and AND/OR (2015), winner of the Switchback Books Queer Voices Award. She holds an MFA from Louisiana State University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Chinese literature, with an emphasis on poetry and film, and a minor in women, gender, and sexuality studies at The Ohio State University.

patricia sieber is associate professor of Chinese literature and...


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