Professor Jon von Kowallis

Chair Professor of Chinese Studies
BA Columbia , MA Hawaii, PhD UC Berkley
School of Humanities & Languages


9385 1020
Room 239, Morven Brown


Wednesdays 4-5
Fields: Cinema Studies, Comparative Literature Studies, Asian Cultural Studies, Chinese Languages, Literature in Chinese


Dr. Jon Eugene von Kowallis is currently Professor and Chair of Chinese Studies in the School of Humanities and Languages at UNSW. He studied Chinese language and literature at Columbia University in the City of New York (BA), National Taiwan University, the University of Hawaii (MA in Chinese literature), Beijing University and the University of California, Berkeley (PhD in Oriental Languages, specializing in Chinese literature). The Chinese program at UNSW has the largest student enrolments of any Chinese program in Australia, with over 1200 students enrolled in the many and diverse, discipline-based undergraduate courses offered on Chinese language and culture. He has served as President of the Oriental Society of Australia, the oldest professional organization of Asianists in the country.

Jon’s research, writing and his second university press book, The Subtle Revolution: Poets of the ‘Old Schools’ in late Qing and early Republican China (Berkeley: University of California, China Research Monographs, 2006) on the role of classical Chinese poetry during the modern era have influenced the direction of an entire field on rethinking the role of traditional genres, both in articulating and in reflecting the modern era. His book not only argues a thesis about the entry of modernity into Chinese letters in the late 19th / early 20th century, but also challenges the dominant paradigm in Chinese literary history.

His research in this field has been recognised as ground-breaking, both within and outside China: it has already occasioned PhD dissertations at Princeton University, UCLA, and book reviews of the monograph have been published in China Review International, Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews (Wisconsin), The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (London) and The Journal of Asian Studies (Ann Arbor).

Prior to his present projects, he had already become an internationally acknowledged authority on the father of modern Chinese literature, Lu Xun (1881-1936), and as the principal Western scholar on his classical-style poetry due to his monograph The Lyrical Lu Xun: a Study of his Classical-style Verse (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press). Jon writes in Chinese as well as English and his articles and reviews have appeared in Lu Xun Yanjiu Yuekan (Lu Xun Research Monthly), Shanghai Lu Xun Yanjiu (Shanghai Lu Xun Research), Wen yu Zhe (Literature and Philosophy) and other prominent Chinese-language journals. In addition, he has published articles and book chapters on Chinese cinema and the diaspora.

His recent ARC Discovery project "The Young Lu Xun and His Early Work Written in Japan" (as chief investigator) focuses on the seminal early work of Lu Xun (1881-1936), the founder of modern Chinese literature. It aims to examine and analyse his earliest essays written in Japan, which have not been adequately studied in regard to their relationship with Western sources and Japanese influence, reconstructing the late Meiji-era intellectual milieu among Chinese intellectuals in Tokyo (1902-1909) in which Lu Xun’s early essays were written.

Findings will deepen academic grasp of Chinese intellectual relations with the West and Japan, the influence of Western learning leading up to the May-Fourth era (1919-) and its resurgence in the post-Mao period (1976-present), and historical causes for the rise of the guoxue (traditional studies) cult and nationalism in present-day China. This will contribute to establishing Australian Chinese Studies as a third voice in the Asia-Pacific region. This project undertakes a ground-breaking investigation in the field. It will contribute to better understanding of China: its language transformation, intellectual history, cultural trends relevant to economic growth; and will help raise Australia’s scholarly profile, enhance our capacity to interpret and engage in regional and global discourse.

Jon's research continues in the direction of biographical, bibliographical and intellectual history focussed on Lu Xun but extending to Lu Xun's influence in Japan, Takeuchi Yoshimi and contemporary Chinese intellectuals.



    • Huang QS, (ed.), 2016, Zhong Ying Duizhao Lu Xun Jiuti Shi (Lu Xun's Classical-style Poetry: a bilingual version), first, Chunfeng Wenyi Chubanshe, Shenyang
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2006, The Subtle Revolution, First, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley, United States of America
    • Von Kowallis JE, 1996, The Lyrical Lu Xun: a Study of His Classical-Style Verse, Original, University of Hawai'i Press, Honolulu

    Book Chapters

    • von Kowallis JE, 2016, 'From America to Australia with Lu Xun', in Lee M; Cheung CY; Wiles S (ed.), Lu Xun and Australia, Australian Scholarly Publishing, North Melbourne, pp. 103 - 117
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2014, '"Wo Zenme yu Wang Yao Xiansheng Jieshi" (How I Came to Know Professor Wang Yao)', in 温儒敏; 陈平原 (ed.), 王瑤先生百年诞辰纪念论文集, pp. 350 - 351
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2014, 'Lun Lu Xun 'Moluo Shi Li Shuo ' de Yingwen Fanyi: 'Yuan' wenben jiqui 'Jingyi' yu 'ziju' de liangnan [On the English translation of Lu Xun's 'On the Power of Mara Poetry': the source text and the 'fig', in 张鸿声; 朴宰雨 (ed.), 世界鲁迅与鲁迅世界 [Shijie Lu Xun yu Lu Xun Shijie: Meijie, Fanyi yu Xiandaixing Shuxie / Lu Xun in the World and Lu Xun's World: Media, Translation and the Writing of Modernity], Zhongguo Chuanmei Daxue Chubanshe, Beijing, pp. 282 - 289
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2014, 'Fanyi yu duchuangxing: chonggu zuowei fanyijia de Lu Xun [Translation and Creativity: Reappraising Lu Xun as a Translator]', in 温儒敏; 陈平原 (ed.), 王瑤先生百年诞辰纪念论文集 [Wang Yao Xiansheng Bainian Danchen Jinian Lunwenji / Festscrift for the 100th Anniversary of Professor Wang Yao's Birth], Sanlian Shudian, Beijing, pp. 341 - 353,
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2014, 'Sado-masochism, steamy sex, and Shanghai glitter: what’s love got to do with it? A philologist looks at Lust/Caution and the literary texts that inspired it', in Hsiao-yen P; Crothers Dilley W (ed.), From Eileen Chang to Ang Lee : Lust/Caution, edn. Academia Sinica on East Asia, Routledge, New York and London, pp. 51 - 63,
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2013, 'Haixia Liang'an de Rentong Wenti -- Zhonghua Minguo Yibai Zhounian Jinian yu Lai Shengchuan de Zuopin (The Identity Question on Both Sides of the Taiwan Straits -- the 100th Anniversary of the Repub', in Kua Wenhua Qingjing: Chayu yu Dongtai Ronghe -- Taiwan Xian/Dangdai Wenxue Wenhua Yanjiu (The Transcultural Condition: Differences or Dynamic Fusion -- Studies of Modern and Contemporary Taiwan Litera, edn. Zhongguo Wenzhe Zhuankan, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, pp. 121 - 137,
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2012, 'Lun Chen Yan, Chen Sanli, Zheng Xiaoxu he Tong-Guang Ti (On Chen Yan, Chen Sanli, Zheng Xiaoxu and the Tong-Guang Stylists)', in Shengqing W; Jiaqian G (ed.), Shuqing chuantong yu weixin shidai: Xinhai qianhou de wenren, wenxue [The Lyrical tradition and the reform era: literature and literati prior to and after 1911], edn. Original, Shanghai Wenyi Chubanshe, Shanghai, pp. 520 - 566
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2011, 'Lu Xun Yanjiu zai Yingyu Shijie: Guoqu, Dangqian, Weilai', in Zhou Lingfei (ed.), Lu Xun Shehui Yingxiang Diaocha Baogao, edn. Original, Renmin Ribao Chubanshe, Beijing, pp. 257 - 276,
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2009, 'Re-reading Lu Xun`s Early Wenyan Essays in the Shadow of the Beijing Olympics', in Ling B (ed.), Literature as Witness, edn. Original, Free Culture Press, Taipei, Taiwan, pp. 42 - 49
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2007, 'Chen Sanli and modernity in classical style poetry during the late Qing and early Republican eras', in Gaoping Z (ed.), Qing dai wenxue yu xueshu (Literature and scholarship of the Qing era), edn. First, Xin wen feng, Taipei, pp. 117 - 156
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2006, 'Lu Xun and Terrorism: A Reading of Revenge and Violence in Mara and Beyond', in Zarrow P (ed.), Creating Chinese Modernity, edn. First, Peter Lang, New York, pp. 83 - 98
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2006, 'Lu Xun on Film', in Lu Xun: Kua wenhua duihus (Lu Xun a transitional dialogue), edn. First, Zhengzhou: Da Xiang Chubanishe, P R China, pp. 327 - 336
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2006, 'Lu Xun (1881-1936)', in Dictionary of Literary Biography Chinese Fiction Writers 1900-1949, edn. Volume 328, Thomson Gale, United States of America, pp. 129 - 150
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2005, 'Lu Xun', in Encyclopaedia of Literature and Politics, edn. First, Greenwood Press, London, pp. 437 - 438
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2005, 'Chinese Literature', in Booker MK (ed.), Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics, edn. First, Greenwood Press, London, pp. 152 - 157
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2005, 'Lu Xun: the Sexier Story - a Review Article', in Chinese literature, essays, articles, reviews, edn. Original, pp. 151 - 166
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2005, 'The True Story of Lu Xun', in Lu Xun Yanjiu Yuekan [Lu Xun Research Monthly], edn. Original, Lu Xun Museum, Beijing, pp. 48 - 53
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2005, 'The `true` story of Lu Xun', in Xinmiao Z; Yu S; Zengren L (ed.), Annual Collection of Lu Xun Research, edn. IV.K825.6-54, Henan Wenyi Chubanshe, Henan, PRC, pp. 45 - 71
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2004, '1) Love Letters and Privacy in Modern China: The Intimate Lives of Lu Xun and Xu Guangping 2) Letters Between Two: Correspondence between Lu Xun and Xu Guangping', in Journal of Asian Studies, edn. Original, Association of Asian Studies Inc, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, pp. 158 - 160
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2004, 'Love-Letters and Privacy in Modern China: The Intimate Lives of Lu Xun and Xu Guangping (Bonnie S McDougal) and Letters between Two: Correspondence between Lu Xun and Xu Guangping (Bonnie S McDougal)', in Journal of Asian Studies, edn. Original, Association of Asian Studies Inc, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, pp. 158 - 159
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2002, 'Classical Chinese: Thriving at the Turn of the Millennium', in Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, edn. Original, pp. 133 - 142
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2002, 'Lu Xun`s Han Linguistic Project: the use of wenyan to create an `authentic` Han vocabulary for literary terminology in his early years', in Lu G (ed.), Globalization and Chinese Cultural Studies, edn. 2002, Xuesheng Shuju, Taipei, pp. 289 - 312
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2001, 'Melancholy in Late Qing and Early Republican Era Verse', in Kubin W (ed.), Symbols of Anguish: In Search of Melancholy in China, edn. Original, Peter Lang, Bern, Switzerland, pp. 289 - 314
    • Von Kowallis JE, 1997, 'The Diaspora and Postmodern Chinese Film in Taiwan and Hong Kong: Framing Stan Lai's 'The Peach Blossom Land'', in Lu S (ed.), Transnational Chinese Cinemas: Identity, Nationhood, Gender, edn. Original, University of Hawai'i Press, Honolulu, pp. 169 - 186

    Journal articles

    • Von Kowallis JE, 2016, 'On the Critical Reception of Lu Xun's Early Classical-Style Essays of the Japan Period', JOURNAL OF CHINESE LITERATURE AND CULTURE, vol. 3, pp. 357 - 399,
    • von Kowallis JE, 2016, 'Xin Shiji yilai Lu Xun zai Yingyu Shijie de Yingxiang yu Chuanbo (Lu Xun’s influence and dissemination in the English-speaking world in the present century)', Guxiang 故乡, pp. 31 - 33
    • von Kowallis JE, 2016, 'On China’s Cultural Transformation: a Response to Professor Yu Keping', Sydney Democracy Network,
    • von Kowallis JE, 2016, 'Lu Xun bu Yuanhua, Ta dui Women Jiang Zhenxin Hua (On Lu Xun's Lack of Rhetorical Guile and Frankness of Exposition in Style)', Lu Xun Yanjiu Yuekan, vol. 2017, pp. 81 - 85
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2015, 'Collisions of the Past with the Present: Translation, Texts, and History', Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, vol. 9, pp. 581 - 615,
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2015, 'Guowai Hanxue de Weiji: yu Aodaliya Hanxuejia Kou Zhiming de duihua (Challenges Facing the Advancement of Chinese Studies Overseas: an interview with Australian Sinologist Jon Eugene von Kowallis)', Guoji Hanxue / International Sinology, vol. 5, pp. 11 - 16
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2015, 'C.T. Hsia in the Memory of a Columbia College Undergraduate Student', Chinese Literature Today, vol. 4
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2015, 'The Chinese Prose Poem: a Study of Lu Xun's Wild Grass (Yecao)', Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews, vol. 36, pp. 219 - 224
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2015, 'Henan zazhi: Lu Xun zaoqi wenyan lunwen de lishi, sixiang beijing, yiji Zhou shi xiongdi xinmu zhong wenxue de shiming (The journal Henan: its history, intellectual background, and the Zhou brothers'', Xiandai Zhongwen Xuekan (Journal of Modern Chinese Literature), vol. 38, pp. 56 - 65
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2015, 'Lu Xun zaoqi wenyan lunwen li suo tansuo de xin wenhua (The 'New Culture' formulated in Lu Xun's early classical-style essays)', Lu Xun Yanjiu Yuekan (Lu Xun Research Monthly), vol. 400, pp. 4 - 10
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2015, ''Modern Archaics': A New Look at the Poets of the 'Old Schools' and their Successors', Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, pp. 1 - 20,
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2014, 'The Lu Xun of Western Sinologists? Pierre Ryckmans, Simon Leys, Rene Leys, and the 'Aestheticization' of Lu Xun', Studia Orientalia Slovaca, vol. 13, pp. 279 - 297
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2014, 'C. T. Hsia in the Memory of a Columbia College Undergraduate Student', Chinese Literature Today, vol. 4,
    • von Kowallis JE, 2014, 'Lu Xun on Our Minds: The Post-Socialist Reappraisal; Chou, Memory, Violence, Queues: Lu Xun Interprets China; Davies, Lu Xun's Revolution: Writing in a Time of Violence; Cheng, Literary Remains: Death', The Journal of Asian Studies, vol. 73, pp. 581 - 587,
    • von Kowallis JE, 2013, 'Translating Lu Xun's M(a)over-barra: Determining the "Source" Text, the "Spirit" versus "Letter" Dilemma and Other Philosophical Conundrums', FRONTIERS OF LITERARY STUDIES IN CHINA, vol. 7, pp. 422 - 440,
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2013, 'Late-Qing Living Texts: Zhang Taiyan and Lu Xun', Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, vol. 7
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2013, '“Yinwei Lu Xun de shu hai shi hao mai”: Guanyu Lu Xun xiaoshuo de Yingwen fanyi (“Because Lu Xun’s Works Still Sell Well”)', Lu Xun yanjiu Yuekan, vol. 370, pp. 38 - 50,
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2013, 'Lu Xun’s Early Essays and Present-Day China', Studia Orientalia Slovaca II, vol. 12, pp. 1301 - 1313,
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2012, 'Lu Xun's classical-style poetry and the 1911 revolution', Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, vol. 6, pp. 317 - 336,
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2012, 'On Translating Lu Xun’s Fiction', Studia Orientalia Slovaca II, vol. 2, pp. 193 - 213
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2012, 'Lu Xun’s Classical-style Poetry and the 1911 Revolution', Frontiers of Literary Studies in China, vol. 6, pp. 112 - 130
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2012, 'Gen Lu Xun Paihuai zai Aozhou: Dangdai Aozhou Geju ‘Xin Gui’ ji Aozhou meiti de fanying (A Walkabout with Lu Xun in Australia: the Modern Australian Opera ‘Fresh Ghosts’ and the Australian Media’s Rea', Lu Xun yanjiu Yuekan, vol. 364, pp. 28 - 36
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2010, 'The Enigma of Su Xuelin and Lu Xun', Literature & Philosophy, vol. 16, pp. 493 - 527
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2008, 'Translation and Originality: Reexamining Lu Xun as a Translator', Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, vol. 40, pp. 320 - 333
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2007, 'National Allegory for the 21st Century: The Jameson - Ahmad Debate from the Perspective of Taiwan Literature', Journal of Southwest University for Nationalities, vol. 28, pp. 112 - 119
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2007, 'National Allegory for the Twenty-first Century: revisiting the Jameson/Ahmad debate from the perspective of Taiwanese literature', Xinan Minzu Daxue Xuebao (Zhexue Shehui Kexue Ban)(The Journal of Southwest Nationalities University), vol. 28, pp. 112 - 119
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2006, 'Pure words for literature by using classical Chinese in early essay of Lu Xun', Lu Xun Yanjiu Yuekan [Lu Xun Research Monthly], vol. Summer, pp. 215 - 226
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2006, 'In Commemoration of American Lu Xun Specialist, William Lyell', Lu Xun Yanjiu Yuekan [Lu Xun Research Monthly], vol. 7, pp. 88 - 90
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2006, 'Pavillion in the Diaspora: Framing Diaspora Productions of the Kun Opera Mudanting', Journal of School of Chinese Language and Culture, vol. 4, pp. 52 - 58
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2005, 'Lu Xun: The chinese "Gentle" Nietzsche.', CHINA QUARTERLY, vol. 181, pp. 197 - 199,
    • von Kowallis JE, 2004, 'Love-letters and privacy in modern China: The intimate lives of Lu Xun and Xu Guangping.', JOURNAL OF ASIAN STUDIES, vol. 63, pp. 158 - 160,
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2004, 'Lu Xun jiu shi zhu shi he ying lue su [Lu Xun`s Classical Style Poetry: on Chinese Commentaries and English Translations]', Lu Xun Yanjiu Yuekan [Lu Xun Research Monthly], vol. 4, pp. 72 - 82
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2003, 'Haiwai daxue li de gu Hanyu [Classical Chinese in Overseas Universities]', Xungen [Root Exploration], vol. 6, pp. 48 - 53
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2003, 'Classical Chinese at Overseas Universities', Xungen [Root Exploration], vol. 6, pp. 48 - 53
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2002, 'Lu Xun `Shi` yu `Yi` [Exegeis versus Tansaltion in the Study of Lu Xun]', Lu Xun Yanjiu Yuekan [Lu Xun Research Monthly], vol. 237, pp. 37 - 48
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2002, 'Lu Xun yu Guogeli [Lu Xun and Gogol]', Lu Xun Yanjiu Yuekan [Lu Xun Research Monthly], vol. 243, pp. 29 - 36
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2002, 'Lu Xun yu Jinhua [Lu Xun and the Theory of Evolution]', Lu Xun Yanjiu Yuekan [Lu Xun Research Monthly], vol. 1, pp. 54 - 55
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2002, 'Pavilion in the Diaspora: Framing Diasporic Productions of the Kun Pera Mundanting', Chinese Studies Association of Australia Newsletter, vol. 1, pp. 2 - 6
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2001, 'The curious story of Sai Jinhua: An historical and philological inquiry into the origins and proliferation of a legend from the period of the Boxer uprising', Journal of the Oriental Society of Australia, vol. 32-33, pp. 185 - 193
    • Von Kowallis JE, 1999, 'Gang-Tai hou xiandai dianying [Postmodern films from Hong Kong and Taiwan]', Dong Hua Shi Bao
    • Von Kowallis JE, 1999, 'Da liuwang yu Zhongguo wenhua [Chinese culture and the diaspora]', Dong Hua Shi Bao 22/7/99
    • Von Kowallis JE, 1999, 'Festivals for Lu Xun: the `Lesser Tradition` and National Identity Construction', Chinoperl Papers, vol. 20-22, pp. 139 - 158
    • Von Kowallis JE, 1997, 'On the Diaspora and the Globalization of Chinese Literature and Cinema', Chinese Cultures in the Diaspora: Emerging Global Perspectives on the Centre and the Periphery, pp. 169 - 186


    • von Kowallis JE, 2017, China Radio International interview (2 March 2017) at UNSW by correspondent Zhang Qizhi on political issues connected to the Liang Hui (Two Parliamentary Sessions), Beijing
    • von Kowallis JE, 2016, Kou Zhiming: Yige Xifang Xuezhe Zhui Lu Xun de Wushi Nian Lutu (Jon von Kowallis: a Western Scholar’s Fifty-year Journey in Search of Lu Xun)
    • von Kowallis JE, 2016, Aodaliya Lu Xun Yanjiu Zhuanjia Kou Zhiming: “Lu Xun de Lishi Jiazhi yuelai yue Zhongyao (“Lu Xun’s Historical Significance is Becoming Greater and Greater” – Australian Lu Xun Research Expert Jon von, Changjiang Ribao 长江日报,

    Conference Presentations

    • Von Kowallis JE, 2013, 'Yingyu Shijie de Lu Xun Yanjiu (Research on Lu Xun in the English-speaking World)', presented at keynote address at Chuanmei Daxue, National Media University, Beijing, 29 - 29 March 2013
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2013, 'Guowai Lu Xun Yanjiu Dongtai: Meiguo de Lu Xun ‘Re’ (Directions in Research on Lu Xun Outside China: The Lu Xun “Fad” in America)', presented at keynote address at the Lu Xun Research Institute, Lu Xun Museum, Beijing, 03 - 03 April 2013
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2013, 'Interpreting Lu Xun’s Early Thought from the Japan Years -- how the study of textual issues can shed light not only on texts but also on literary and intellectual history', presented at China Seminar Series, ANU, 19 - 19 September 2013
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2013, 'Interpreting Lu Xun: Collisions of the Past with the Present', presented at annual conference of the China Studies Centre, University of Sydney, 29 - 29 November 2013
    • Von Kowallis JE, 2013, 'Issues in Translating Lu Xun’s Poetry', presented at International Conference on Lu Xun, Devkota Lu Hsun Writers Academy, Kathmandu, Nepal, 07 - 07 December 2013


undergraduate and honours courses:

Currently teaching: ARTS2453 Chinese Cinema; ARTS2457 China Imagined and Perceived (Orientalism); ARTS3450 Advanced Chinese A; ARTS3451 Advanced Chinese B (Classical Chinese Language).

Courses taught previously include: postgraduate (MA level): CHIN5910 Translating Chinese Poetry; CHIN5911 Translating Chinese Letters: The Epistolary Genre; undergraduate: Modern and Contemporary Chinese Literature; Classical Chinese Literature; Classical Chinese Language; Intermediate Chinese Language; Advanced Chinese language; The Classic Chinese Novel; East Asian Ethics and Identities; Advanced Chinese Studies; Pre-Honours Research Methods in Chinese Studies; Fools, Prophets and Traitors: Intellectuals in the 19th and 20th Centuries; The Short Story.

Honours and prizes

East-West Center (fellowship); Committee on Scholarly Communication with the People's Republic of China, National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC (fellowship); American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) postdoctoral fellowship; Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange Research Grant; Goldstar Award (UNSW); Republic of China (Taiwan) Ministry of Education (visiting scholar fellowship); ARC Discovery Project on The Young Lu Xun and his Early Essays written in Japan; Arch Professor of World Languages and Cultures  (USA); prize from the Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China (PRC) for the best special issue of the peer-reviewed journal *Frontiers of Literary Studies in China* (on Zhang Taiyan and Lu Xun); research and publication grant from the Ministry of Culture of the PRC for monograph on Lu Xun's old-style poetry.

Professional contribution

Served as President, Oriental Society of Australia;
Organizer of the International Conference on Late-Qing Living Texts (UNSW 2009);
Organizer of the International Conference on Chinese Literature for the 21st Century (UNSW 2001).

Affiliations and membership

Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, London; Association for Asian Studies Lifetime Member (USA); Oriental Society of Australia

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Visiting positions: Jaroslav Prusek Professor of East Asian Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies, Faculty of Philosophy, Charles University, Prague (1993, 2003)