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Richard G. Wang

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Associate Professor of Chinese Studies
Ph.D., University of Chicago

Office Hours — Fall 2019

  • Tuesdays:  3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Or by appointment

Biography and Areas of Interest

My research focuses on Daoism, Chinese fiction, and religion and Chinese literature of late imperial China (14th-19th centuries). I am currently exploring the Daoism and local society in the Ming as well as the religious dimensions of Ming novels. My teaching interests include Taoism and Chinese culture, Chinese culture, pre-modern Chinese fiction in translation, Journey to the West,and advanced Chinese.

Selected Publications


  • 2012. The Prince and Daoism: Institutional Patronage of an Elite. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
  • 2011. The Ming Erotic Novella: Genre, Consumption, and Religiosity in Cultural Practice.  Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press.
  • 1999. Langman qinggan yu zongjiao jingshen: Wanming wenxue yu wenhua sichao [The Romantic Sentiment and the Religious Spirit: The Late Ming Literature and the Intellectual Currents]. Hong Kong: Cosmos Books.


  • 2012. “The Ming Princely Patronage of Daoist Temples.” Ming Studies 65 (2012): 57-92.
  • 2009. “Ming Princes and Daoist Ritual.” T’oung Pao 95.1-3 (2009): 51-119.
  • 2005. “An Erotic Immortal: The Double Desire in a Ming Novella.” InLiterature, Religion, and East/West Comparison: Essays in Honor of Anthony C. Yu, ed. Eric Ziolkowski, pp. 144-161. Newark: University of Delaware Press.
  • 2004. “Taoist Writings Packaged in Ming Popular Encyclopedias and Their Editing Strategies.” In Religion and Chinese Society, ed. John Lagerwey. Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, and Paris: École française d’Extrême-Orient, pp. 591-619.
  • 2003. “Four Steles at the Monastery of Sublime Mystery (Xuanmiao guan): A Study of Daoism and Society on the Ming Frontier.” Asia Major 3rd series, 13.2 (2000): 37-82.
  • 2002. “Peking Temples as the Congregational Center and Their Fate.” Journal of Religion 82.2 (2002): 260-68.
  • 2000. “The Publishing of the Ming Novellas and the Print Culture.” Monumenta Serica 48 (2000): 93-132.
  • 2000. “Practicing Erotic Fiction and Romanticizing Late-Ming Writing Practice.” Ming Studies 44 (2000): 78-106.
  • 1996. “Liu Tsung-yüan’s ‘Tale of Ho-chien’ and Fiction.” T’ang Studies 14 (1996): 21-48.
  • 1994. “The Cult of Qing: Romanticism in the Late Ming Period and in the Novel Jiao Hong Ji.” Ming Studies 33 (1994): 12-55.

Courses Taught

  • CHT 3513 Taoism and Chinese Culture
  • CHT 4603 Journey to the West
  • CHT 3123 Pre-Modern Chinese Fiction in Translation
  • CHI 3500 Chinese Culture
  • CHI 3410/3411 Advanced Chinese 1/2