New essay collection features CFS alumni as co-editors and contributors

September 23, 2019
Cover of the essay collection, 'Chinese Folklore Studies Today.'

Congratulations to CFS alumna Ziying You, whose co-edited volume Chinese Folklore Studies Today: Discourse and Practice has just been published by Indiana University Press! This innovative collection features work by younger scholars, most of them CFS-affiliated. Ziying’s own article deals with the competing versions of a Confucian founding myth attached to an influential pilgrimage site. CFS alum Levi Gibbs, now Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College, contributes an essay on the social semiotics of song lyrics. Former CFS visiting scholar Junxia Wang, Associate Professor at East China Normal University, offers an overview of the study of women’s folklore in China. Our alum Yuanhao (Graham) Zhao and current student Wenyuan Shao participated in the volume as translators.

Ziying’s co-editor, Lijun Zhang, has spearheaded the Chinese participation in the American Folklore Society-China Folklore Society collaborative project on ethnographic museums: her work on heritage sites and that of Yongyi Yue on Chinese urban folklore are also featured in the volume.