Loyola University Maryland

Modern Languages & Literatures

Dr. Yu Zhang

Assistant Professor of Chinese

Yu Zhang410-617-2507
Maryland Hall 467


  • Ph.D., The University of Oregon
  • M.A., Shaanxi Normal University

Research and Teaching Interests

  • 19th & 20th Centuries Chinese Literature
  • Women in Chinese History
  • Women's Narratives  
  • Jesuit China missions    

Recent Courses Taught at Loyola University Maryland

Courses taught in Chinese:

  • CI 102 Chinese II
  • CI 103 Chinese III
  • CI 104 Chinese IV
  • CI 201 Chinese Composition and Conversation
  • CI 303 Selected Readings in Chinese I

Courses taught in English:

  • ML 340 China through Film
  • ML 301 Modern Chinese Literature in Translation

Awards and Fellowships

  • Summer Research Grant, Loyola University Maryland, 2015
  • Harvard-Yenching Library Travel Grant, 2015
  • Summer Research Grant, Loyola University Maryland, 2014
  • Travel Grant, Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon, 2011-12
  • Graduate Dissertation Fellowship, Oregon Humanities Center, University of Oregon, 2011-12
  • Graduate Research Grant, Center for the Study of Women in Society, University of Oregon, 2011-12
  • Small Professional Grant, Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, University of Oregon, 2010-11



  • (Forthcoming in 2016) 重建历史想像 [Reconstructing Historical Imagination], in 岭南学报 Lingnan Journal of Chinese Studies, 2016. 
  • “Writing Her Way through the Legend of Yue Fei: Zhou Yingfang and Jing zhong zhuan” in Frontiers of Literary Studies in China (FLSC), 2015, 9(2): 281-305. DOI: 10.3868/s010-004-015-0012-0
  • “Representations and Actions under the Alien Rule: Women in Mongol-Yuan China,” in Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, Issue 34 (Feb 2014), URL: http://intersections.anu.edu.au/issue34/zhang.htm, accessed May 6 2014.

Book Reviews: 

  • Review of Liangyou: Kaleidoscopic Modernity and the Shanghai Global Metropolis, 1926-1945 (Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2014). Newsletter of International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Issue 72 (Autumn 2015) URL: http://newbooks.asia/review/hybrid-and-highly-contested-pictorial. Accessed October 18, 2015.
  • Review of Andrea S. Goldman, Opera and the City: The Politics of Culture in Beijing, 1770–1900 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2012). Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific, Issue 34 (July 2014), URL: http://intersections.anu.edu.au/issue35/zhang_review.htm. Accessed July 27, 2014
  • Review of Keith McMahon, Women Shall Not Rule: Imperial Wives and Concubines in China from Han to Liao (Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2013). Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Review (WAGRev中国妇女与性别研究书评) (2014) URL: http://www.wagnet.ox.ac.uk/wagrev/journals/articles/00910.html. Accessed: July 27, 2014.
  • Review of Grace S. Fong and Ellen Widmer, ed., The Inner Quarters and Beyond: Women Writers from Ming through Qing (Leiden-Boston: Brill, 2010). Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews 34 (2013): pp. 215-17.
  • Review of Xiaorong Li, Women's Poetry of Late Imperial China: transforming the inner chambers (Seattle-London: University of Washington Press, 2012). Women’s History Review 5 (2013): pp. 509-11. DOI:10.1080/09612025.2013.828540

Publications in Chinese:

  • (Forthcoming) Zhongguo gudai nüxing shige jianshang cidian 中國古代女性詩歌鑒賞辭典 (Dictionary of women’s poetry in imperial China), ed., Zhao Houjun, Shanghai Dictionary Press. Invited contributor. 
  • “Yixing banyan de wenhua toushi 異性扮演的文化透視 (The cultural interpretation of theatrical cross-dressing in China),”  Minzu yishu 民族藝術 (Ethnic Arts) 3 (2003): 80-88.
  • “Yuan qu zhong de langzi xingxiang 元曲中的浪子 (Life of a drifter: poems of the Yuan)”, Dong bei ya luntan fukan 東北亞論壇副刊 (Northeastern Asia forum supplement), 12 (2002): 32-37.


  • "Bonds and Boundaries: Three Tanci Narratives in Late Qing" (book-length manuscript)

Lectures and Presentations

Recent Presentations at Scholarly Conferences: 

  • “Zheng Zhenhua and the Legacy of Peony Pavilion.” Presentation at the Panel “Tales Told Twice: Adaptations in/from Chinese Literature before 1900-Session III.” Annual Convention of Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA). Santa Fe, October 2015.
  • “Women with Talents: Zheng Zhenhua and her Tanci Narrative Meng ying yuan.” Presentation at the Panel “Beyond Stereotypes: Genres, Topics and Subjectivities in Late Imperial Chinese Women’s Writing .” American Association for Chinese Studies (AACS) Conference. Washing D.C., October 2014.
  • “Women’s Tanci as Popular Texts in Shanghai: 1900-1935.” Presentation at the Panel “New Directions in Chinese Literary and Media Studies.” Annual Convention of Association for Asian Studies (AAS). Philadelphia, March 2014.
  • Tanci Lyrical Narratives:  The Confluence of Music Performance and Vernacular Fiction in Late Imperial China.” Presentation at the Panel “Influence/Confluence of Genres in East Asia to 1900.” Annual Convention of Modern Language Association (MLA). Chicago, January 2014. 
  • “Dedication, Loyalty and Feminine Virtues in the New Story of Yue Fei.” Presentation at the Panel “In Her Own Image: Self-representation in Late Imperial Chinese Women's Writing.”Annual Meeting of Association for Asian Studies (AAS). San Diego, March 2013.

Public Talks:

  • The Mrs. Regina Ann Haig International Film Series, Loyola University Maryland, 2014
  • The Mrs. Regina Ann Haig International Film Series, Loyola University Maryland, 2013
  • Chinese School, Middlebury College, 2013
  • Oregon Humanities Center, 2012

Service, Activities, and Memberships in Academic Societies

Service at Loyola University Maryland:

  • Academic Advisor, 2015-Present
  • Academic Senate, 2014-2015
  • Undergraduate Student Research and Scholarship, 2014-2017
  • Loyola Chinese Club Moderator, 2014-2015
  • Application Reader for the Critical Language Scholarship Program, 2012-2014

Memberships in Academic Societies:

  • Association of Asian Studies
  • Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association
  • Women and Gender Studies Network
  • Women in Higher Education Network

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