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Margaret Wan

Title: Professor
College: Humanities
School / Department: World Languages and Cultures
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Margaret B. Wan is Professor of Chinese Literature and Cultural History.  She is the author of Regional Literature and the Transmission of Culture: Chinese Drum Ballads, 1800-1937 (Harvard, 2020) and “Green Peony” and the Rise of the Chinese Martial Arts Novel (SUNY, 2009).  She is also co-editor of Yangzhou – A Place in Literature: The Local in Chinese Cultural History (Hawaii, 2015) and The Interplay of the Oral and the Written in Chinese Popular Literature (NIAS, 2010). Her current book project, “Mapping the Traditional Chinese Novel,” uses digital humanities methods to offer a “bird’s eye view” across centuries of the traditional Chinese novel, its use of space, and its transmission. She has been awarded fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the Andrew Mellon Foundation.  She is the recipient of the Ramona Cannon Award for Teaching Excellence at the University of Utah and the Bok Center Distinction in Teaching Award at Harvard University.  She is Associate Editor of CHINOPERL, an international journal devoted to Chinese oral and performing literatureShe received her Ph.D. from Harvard University.