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Cornell Classical Chinese Colloquium


CCCC is a reading group for students and scholars interested in premodern Chinese studies. All are welcome, at any level of experience with classical Chinese. 

At each session one participant presents a text in classical or literary Chinese. Attendees discuss historical, literary, linguistic, and all onther aspects of the text, and work together to resolve difficulties in comprehension and translation. Presentations include works of all sorts, from the earliest times to the twentieth century. 

No preparation required: all texts will be distributed at the meeting. 

Held Fridays from 3:30 to around 5:30 p.m. in the Cho Room, B59 Kroch Library.


Spring 2017 sessions:

March 3, Du Heng (Harvard University), "What was writing for? Transmission Scenes in Warring States Excavated Manuscripts"

April 14, Richard VanNess Simmons (Rutgers University), "The Charms of Mandarin in the Qīng and the Key to Northern and Southern Guānhuà"

April 21, Francesca Bay (University of Edinburgh) "Of Turnips and Apricots: Livelihood and Lifestyle in the Northern Wei as Seen through the Agricultural Treatise Qímín Yàoshù 齊民要術"

May 5, Clarence Lee (Cornell University) "Reading Sinitic Medical Texts in Mid Edo period Japan: Kagawa Shūtoku (1683-1755)"


For more information, contact Sean Cronan eap-guwen@cornell.eduSponsored by the East Asia Program.


Past CCCC Sessions

Fall 2016:

September 2, John Phan (Rutgers University), "Vietnamese Regulated Verse in Two Poets: Nguyễn Trãi (1380-1442) and Hồ Xuân Hương (1772-1822)"

September 30, Ari Borrell (MLA), "Chan Buddhist Interpretations of the Investigation of Things: Dahui Zonggao (1089-1163) and Hanshan Deqing (1546-1623)"

October 14, Xiao Rong (Shenzhen University), "Preface, Guiyi fang"

November 4, Yung-chang Tung (Harvard University), "Negotiated Past: Zeng Bu’s (1036-1107) Diary and Court Politics in Twelfth-Century China

Spring 2016:

February 19, Han Songyeol (Princeton), Cho Soang 赵素昂 (1887-1958), "Preface to Hanguo wenyuan" 韓國文苑 (1932)

March 18, Chen Shiau-Yun (Cornell), "Ming Tongue-Biting Cases"

April 22, Wang Yi (Binghamton), Wang Jianxun 王建勳, "Chongxiu hetao sidagu miao bei ji" 重修河套四大股廟碑記, 1898

May 6, Son Suyoung (Cornell), "How to Read Editorial Principles: Yu Chu xinzhi 虞初新志 and Installment Publication"

Fall 2015:

September 11, Ding Xiang Warner (Asian Studies, Cornell), "A Recently Discovered Tang Tomb Inscription"

*October 2, 4:30pm, 374 Rockefeller Hall Evelyn Rawski (University of Pittsburgh and 2015-2016 Hu Shih Distinguished Lecturer), "Reading a Qing Tangka: The Qianlong Emperor as Manjusri"

October 30 Rivi Handler-Spitz (Macalester College), "Li Zhi (李贄 1527-1602) as a Historiographer"

November 13 Anthony DeBlasi (SUNY—Albany), "Framing an Emperor's Legacy: Some Texts from the Tang Dynasty"

Spring 2015:

February 27, TJ Hinrichs (Cornell): "Healer Boundary Work in Anecdotes from Hong Mai's (1123-1202) Yijanzhi (1161-1198)"

March 20, Edwin Van Bibber-Orr (Syracuse University): "Stopping Drinking: Addiction and Intertextuality in Song Poetry"

April 10, Benjamin Elman (Princeton University and 2014-2015 Hu Shih Distinguished Lecturer): "Astronomy and the Calendar in Late Ming Civil Exmaination Policy Questions"

April 24, Nick Admussen (Cornell): "The 'Star Guage' of the Six Dynasties poet Su Hui: Explorations and Translations"

Fall 2014:

October 31, Jeehee Hong (Syracuse University): "Writings on Buddhist (and time permitting, Scholars') Architecture: Reading Liao wen hui"

November 14, Han Seokyung (SUNY Binghamton): "Choson Neo-Confucian Biographies of Exemplary Women"

Spring 2014:

April 25, Deng Xiaonan (Peking University): "Xu Weili of the Southern Song Dynasty: Two Archaeologically Discovered Documents"

Fall 2013:

October 18, Charles Hartman (University at Albany, SUNY): "The Newly-Discovered Qin Gui Inscription of 1155: A Close Reading"

November 7, Wendy Swartz (Rutgers University): "A Farewell to My Brother"

Spring 2013:

April 5, Chen Shiau-yun (Cornell): "Exemptions for Vengeance: Violence in the Ming Code"

April 19, Li Haiyan (North China University of Technology): "Under the Peony Flowers: Some Tang Poems and the Author"

Fall 2012:

September 21, Liu Xiaoyan (Cornell): "Writings on Monk Sengjia in Dunhuang Manuscripts"

October 12, Paul Copp (University of Chicago): "Pelliot Chinois 2602 (verso) and the Nature of Ritual Handbooks at Dunhuang"

October 24, Paul Kroll (University of Colorado): "A Winter Night in Chang'an"

November 30, Mark Pitner (Elmira College): "Lesser Known Works of Yang Xiong (53 BCE-18 CE) on the Regional Spaces of Empire"

Spring 2012:

February 24, Carla Nappi (University of British Columbia): "Qinding Xiyu tongwenzhi, a Qing polyglot glossary"

March 30, Tyson Yost (Cornell): "Deceptive Ascetics and Kissing Monks: Selections from a Collection of Buddhistavadana Narratives"

April 13, Jack Meng-Tat Chia (Cornell): "Two Buddhist Inscriptions from the Chinese Diaspora"