Wenyuan Shao

Wenyuan Shao

Ph.D. Student

398 Hagerty Hall
1775 College Road

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Areas of Expertise

  • Ethnic minority literatures and cultures
  • Pre-modern Chinese literary genres
  • Research methodology for oral-connected texts

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Wenyuan (Winifred) Shao is a Ph.D. student of DEALL, with Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Folklore. Her dissertation project examines time, poetics and intertextuality of a Tibeto-Burman-speaking community in southwest China, which is advised by Prof. Mark Bender, Prof. Meow Hui Goh and Prof. Dorothy Noyes, and funded by Iles Award for Graduate Study of Myth, Loh Memorial Scholarship and China Scholarship Council. She gained insights into recurrent patterns underlying literary texts from China, Japan and Korea through extensive coursework in folklore, anthropology, comparative studies, history and linguistics. Wenyuan has published a review article in East Asian Publishing and Society, Brill's new journal dedicated to studies of book history and manuscript culture. She has also been committed to academic service for over two years, by organizing various kinds of programs (including journal club, writing workshop, alumni/a lecture and cross-cultural symposium) for "Literature and Folklore in Greater China," a student organization she founded with colleagues in 2016.