“Literary Thought in Traditional and Modern China” 傳統與現代的中國文學思想
A Workshop Saturday and Sunday, December 3-4, 2016 Rutgers-New Brunswick Workshop
Sponsors: Confucius Institute of Rutgers University (CIRU)

Conference Venue:
University Inn & Conference Center
178 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

The study of Chinese literary thoughts serves as an ideal subject for interdisciplinary studies and cross-cultural dialogues. On the one hand, the intricate relationship between Chinese literary thought and Chinese religion, philosophy, art theories, and even political thought requires a penetrating comprehension of the dynamic interactions among different aspects of Chinese civilization. On the other hand, Chinese literary thought cannot be ignored in the study of China as a whole and should actively engage in dialogues with modern aesthetic theories and foreign cultures. The modernization and globalization trends in the 20th and 21st centuries provide Chinese literary thought, especially of the traditional era, with opportunities of transformation and revitalization. A revisit and reinterpretation of traditional Chinese literary thought could make important contributions to the development of modern Chinese literature and our understanding of the formation of modern Chinese identity. It also makes its presence felt beyond the boundary of China, bringing inspirations to diverse foreign writers and critics and asserting impact on artistic schools, movements, and various “isms.” This workshop aims to serve as a platform for scholars to review the complex interactions between traditional and modern Chinese thought and other aspects of Chinese civilization and to hold discussions on their creative transformations in the modern and post-modern age as well as their contributions to modern Chinese culture and world literature in the epoch of globalism.

Please click here to download the pdf workshop program (671 KB) and pdf presentation abstracts (857 KB) .

Attendance of the workshop is free and open the public but registration is requested
(send email to Dietrich Tschanz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before noon, Wednesday, November 30, 2016).