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Wenyuan Shao

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Wenyuan Shao

Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Sociology and Political Science, Shanghai University


Areas of Expertise

  • Oral tradition research methods
  • Drama and social transformation
  • Cutting-edge theories of folklore


  • 2005 – 2009, Shanghai Normal University, Chinese Language and Literature, BA
  • 2010 – 2013, Shanghai Normal University, Comparative Literature and World Literature, Masters
  • 2013 – 2021, The Ohio State University, USA, Minority Languages ​​and Folklore, PhD

Wenyuan Shao received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 2021 and then began postdoctoral research at The School of Sociology and Political Science, Shanghai University. Her dissertation theorizes a fourfold interpretative model by examining a major ethnic minority document from southwest China—Chronicles of Southwest Yi (Xinan Yi zhi). Besides methodological renovation, Wenyuan has published a few book chapters, translations, review articles, and a digital exhibition related to Yi manuscript studies and folklore in general. Her current projects focus on the role of master tropes in revitalizing oral traditions, as well as the ways in which literary genres and conventions intersect and trans-create memories.